Paraphrased from a devotion some time back & worth a share. ❤
When discouragement sets in & you feel unheard or when you are forced to wait on God, when you find yourself caught between faith and a hard place, when there is nothing there—no evidence of God’s miracle on the horizon – remember that God is faithful, powerful, and responsive. He has seen you through trials in the past, and He will see you through trials in the future. Even in the challenges you face now, you are seen, you are heard. Choose today to trust the God of your Hope.
Right now I am standing in the middle of a HUGE huh?? that happened upon me in the last few days. It came from the farthest corner of left field, let me tell you. It has taken me totally aback & all I know to do is step out in faith, pray & wait.
A close friend reminded me of this scripture – But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. – James 1:4
I see that clearly in my own life – especially in the last few years. But that doesn’t mean that I have walked perfectly as I’ve learned patience. Oh no…
I have clamored and tried to do things my own way. I have seen things come & go that I thought were for me when they weren’t – after all. I have been heart-broken & I’ve broken hearts & I have regrets. I have learned. I have cried & laughed & stumbled & crawled my way up & over – from one hill to another.
And I have seen victories. Little victories & huge victories – the huge-est in the life of my sweet son. That one turns me inside out every time I think of it. I have experienced mercy & tasted grace more profoundly that I didn’t deserve. It kept me going when people I loved & I knew loved me clawed at me in ways that shocked me. I wanted to throw up my hands & rebel into some dark place – a familiar place that I used to reside in. But that is no longer my home. The One who is Love gingerly led me on & away from there, lifting my head & keeping it face-forward.
I have lost & gained & all of it has taught me things of value & about the human condition. It has taught me to love more deeply, & to not assume I know everything about anything. It’s amazing how that flings wide the door to trust & appreciation & acceptance. Hallelujah.
As we walk forward into this ocean of the unknown – whatever that may be for you today – let’s stay keenly aware from whence cometh our help.
Here’s to the safety & security of that.
Much love & hope for the future y’all,