Stronger. On my way home from work, I found myself thinking about writing a post. Since I have my own blog, I tend to think in terms of "Should I put this in my blog, or send it over to Intentionally Yours?" For this post in particular though, I knew that what I had on my heart was meant for you.
I found myself contemplating YouVersion's verse of the day. I love that app. Recently, I changed the version from The New Living Translation to The Message, to get a different perspective. And I have to say that the verse I read took me aback. And left me thinking "Wow." I mean, it's hard to put it in any other words than that, without a longer explanation, and without sharing the passage first.
"Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or whine, Israel, saying
'God has lost track of me. He doesn't care what happens to me'?
Don't you know anything?
Haven't you been listening?
God doesn't come and go.
He's Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn't get tired out, doesn't pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait on God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles.
They run and don't get tired, they walk and don't lag behind." ~Isaiah 40:27-31
Even though it may be hard to see beyond your present struggles, when you trust in God He will make you stronger.
You may want to re-read that. If you are struggling with the hurt and the pain and the waiting, perhaps this will give you a fresh perspective. Maybe it is something you will need to put in front of you each day. I won't lie. I have realized simply in writing this that I need to write this down and post it on my wall at work.
I have learned, in the past year and a half, that having Scripture in front of me each day is not only helpful, but it is essential. I battle anxiety, especially stemming from memories of my past and my affair, and I NEED reminders of my Father who takes such good care of me and calms my heart.
Sometimes it is easy to focus on the hurt.
On the wrong done to us.
We look at the struggle we are going through, and all we can think about is how bad we feel. How unfair it is, and how far away God seems.
But then, when I read what The Bible says above, I can't help but think how mixed up I have been at times. I tend to react to situations emotionally. I think that is typical, for men and women alike. We see the pain inflicted upon us; we feel it all around us. It's right there, in front of our eyes. It's next to impossible to see beyond it. But that's the thing.
Next to impossible is NOT impossible.
If you didn't love God and serve Him, wanting to grow closer to Him, you wouldn't even be reading this blog. You wouldn't be standing for your marriage. So this tells me that I can be up front with you. I can ask you to look beyond the pain. Look beyond the hurt and the circumstances.
This is gonna make you stronger.
Ask yourself the questions that God asks His people:
Don't you know anything about me and my power?
Have you been listening to what I've been trying to say?
Here is your reassurance, and your answers to those questions:
God doesn't just come and go from one place to another, or even from one person to another.
He doesn't get tired. Of you or your circumstances.
He doesn't wear out or have to stop to catch his breath, because he is always present.
"And he knows everything, inside and out."
He will give you energy.
He will give you strength.
When you feel like giving up and you feel like dropping out of this stand, God will refresh you.
He will restore your hope.
But you have to wait on Him.
It has to be an agreement between you and God that you will wait on Him. That you will let Him give you the strength you need to keep standing. And not only will He give you strength, you'll be so strong you will be able to spread your wings and soar. You'll be able to run, and keep up!
You are stronger!
I'm not a big Mandisa fan, but there is one song by her that I absolutely love. Listen closely to this song. I hope that the message comes through loud and clear for you, as it did for me. Standing on the other side, I can tell you that what you are going through will make you stronger.
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