There’s been a stirring in my spirit since the year began. I think I subconsciously assumed that the trauma of last year would simply disappear the moment the calendar rolled over. Two months in, I’ve discovered that to not be the case. The bulk of the trauma may be over, but I am still dealing with the fallout. And then, 2019 brought its own set of setbacks, causing me a bit of whiplash.
I’m very much still in the middle of a mess. I can see victory in the distance, but that distance sometimes feels farther and farther away. In these times, I easily fall into hopelessness and weariness. I easily focus on the disappointment around me.
I want this time to be different. I don’t want to fall into my old, familiar patterns. I want to trust God in ways I haven’t before. I want to see Him move in ways I haven’t seen before.
The Father, in His infinite grace, is ever so patient with me. He has been gently reminding me of the foundations of our faith. Maybe you find yourself needing these reminders as well.
1. Nothing comes as a surprise to Him.
God, the creator of the Heavens and the Earth. God, the Creator of us. God, who always was, always is, and will always be. Him, that God. He is the sustainer of all things. He knows the end from the beginning. He knows the times and seasons. My sin, my struggles, and my disappointments will never throw Him for a loop. He is never at a loss for what to do concerning me. Even when I can’t see the works of His hands, He is working. He simply wants us to trust that He really does know best and that He is a good Father.
2. His ways are higher.
Despite my best efforts, I am not God. Although, I think I come up with pretty great ideas and plans, but I am not Him. His very nature is higher than my existence. He knows everything that will bring Him glory and that everything will work out for our good. There is so much peace and joy found in living from a place of resting in His sovereignty.
3. He is with us.
Jesus, God made flesh. Jesus, who is acquainted with our every temptation and suffering. Jesus, who performed miracle after miracle. The very reason He came was to be with us, Emmanuel. He lived and died among us, as us. Even in His resurrection He left us with an indwelling of His presence. In the middle of all that comes our way, we can stand firm on the truth that He will never leave us or forsake us. He sees every dream and desire of our hearts. He sees every disappointment and heartache.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 (NIV)
Sometimes God moves on our behalf in an instant. Sometimes He leads us on a journey. Either way, His desire is for us to dwell in His presence, to encounter His love, and to live as His beloved.
So whether you have a loved one who has yet to come to know the Lord or there is some unmet expectation or a dream in your heart yet to be fulfilled, know that there is hope. His name is Jesus. And He wants to speak hope to those places. He wants to meet you right there in the middle, in your process, in the not yet.
I bless your spirits to hope again, to be overflowing with hope and expectation. The Father is the giver of every good and perfect gift. He is beyond good and faithful to His promises. His plans are holy, and He is always right on time.
Where are you experiencing hopelessness, disappointment or heartache?
I’d love to pray for you!
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