Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I recently read this by Mary DeMuth (from her book, "EVERYTHING," that comes out TODAY):
"Everything that hurts us on earth has the potential, when we let God put His hands in the conflict, to bless the world. In short, we hurt, God heals, we become an agent of healing. In other words, when we're brave enough to let God transform our pain, we bring heaven to earth. And when He stretches His arm from heaven to earth, blessing us with comfort, we, in turn, touch the world with heaven's touch."
And then, this morning, I heard an interview on the radio with Mark Shultz. I don't remember his exact words, but Mark said something like this, "If God isn't moving the mountain, it's because He's giving you the strength to go over it."
And then I remembered seeing this:
"The quickest way to forget about your pain is to help someone who hurts more." ~Matthew Barnett
So many times we find ourselves in places we'd rather not be, in circumstances we would've never chosen for ourselves, and pain (physical, mental, emotional) we wish would just. please. go. away.
But what if our circumstances don't change and the pain does not go away?
What if we use our faith and we pray every day and we stand on scriptures and nothing changes?
Maybe something IS changing.
Maybe WE are changing on the inside.
Maybe we are being prepared to help someone who hurts more.
Maybe we are becoming an agent of healing.
Maybe we are healing from the inside out.
Maybe our faith is growing and our hearts are being softened.
I don't understand everything, but I know God never changes.
I know Jesus loves me so much He died on the cross so I can live.
So when I don't get I answers, I remember, God has my life in His hands.
He sees the big picture. He knows the number of my days. And His ways are perfect.
So I keep walking.
I keep celebrating.
I keep praying.
I give thanks.
I keep believing.
I keep praising.
I chose joy.
And I remind myself His love never gives up on me. He knows me better than anyone. And He promises that no matter what, NO MATTER WHAT, He will never leave me nor forsake me.
In that hard place? Yep. He's there.
When my pain is more than I can bear? Yes. He is there, too.
He sees, He knows, He has experienced it.
Keep pressing forward, sister. Keep going. Don't give up! Your story isn't finished yet, and neither is mine!
Please let me pray with you today. Let me keep standing and keep believing with you. Leave a comment below or feel free to send me a private message: firstname.lastname@example.org
His love never fails!
Praise the Lord! He is good. God’s love never fails. Praise the God of all gods. God’s love never fails. Praise the Lord of lords. God’s love never fails. ~Psalms 136:1-3
Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. ~Psalms 105:4
Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee. ~Psalms 63:3