“I will extol the LORD at all times;
His praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt His name together.
I sought the LORD, and He answered me;
He delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.”
Radiant Faces . . .
I see the way her shoulders slump, the way her countenance betrays the pain she’s so desperate to conceal. I see the way she’s feeling her way through the darkness of her everyday, wondering if it’s worth the always-draining effort it takes to put one foot in front of the other.
I see the way she struggles to breathe under the suffocating fear that hope is a mirage.
Yet, I also see her kneeling in prayer — a woman weighted with pain — but satiated in His presence. I see the way she seeks her Savior, daring to trust in the One who holds the unforeseen. And I see the way He enfolds her in His embrace, loving her past her flaws.
Her face reflects His light.
The pain may still be there. But He is there too.
Because He answers when we call. The Creator of beauty and goodness and truth chooses us — even when we’re struggling to choose Him.