Wow. 2017 has not started out like I had anticipated. My inner circle has been rocked with the passing of a couple of friends, a devastating diagnosis, tweaking of my back, and of course icky weather. Can I be real? Right now, God does not feel present, but because of my faith, I know He is here. And this is what I hang on to; in this moment.
I have to push through the waves of sadness and despair and turn to the bible for comfort and strength. When I want to search for something specific, such as faith, I start by searching the internet for scripture related to faith. Once I am given several choices in scripture, I open my bible and start reading them one by one. Inevitably, God directs me to the one which I need. Today, I was directed to Isaiah 40:31 which reads, “But those who hope in Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run, and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” In this chapter, Isaiah is sharing how God is comforting His chosen people, and reminding them there will be the judgment on their behavior, but there is also redemption in store for them.
I can relate to this scripture right now. I will and have to hope in God and when I do, I am restored. I need to do this daily as a way of preparing my mind and heart to face the evil of this world. Sickness, death, and despair are around us daily. I will choose to arm myself with God’s promise and know He stands behind me in facing the enemy. As I renew myself every day in His word, I will soar above all the temporary ailments of this world. I will have the strength to endure all issues thrown my way. And I might teeter and wobble briefly, but ultimately will stand tall because my roots run deep in His principles. I might briefly be dazed and confused by white noise, but will find clarity through His grace.
I have a choice and I chose to hold close these truths about my God. He will comfort, support, and direct me in my life. Bad situations will happen and having Him as my foundation formulates how I process and react to my circumstances. Another favorite scripture which I hold close to my heart is from Romans 5:3-4, “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”
Friends, I might be knocked down today, but because of my faith and hope, I will continue to rise and face the next day. I am armed with His grace, mercy, and love. Bring it 2017!