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If you have taken the time to read previous blog posts (and I hope you have or you will), you’ll notice that this blog post will be slightly unconventional from the “norm.”
It’s Friday. For most of us, it’s the end of [a long] week. As I prayerfully approach this post and ask God what He would have me to write, I hear Him saying, “Take yourself out of it. Let me take over.”
So, today, instead of my words being the bulk of the content, I’m allowing God to take over (which should have been done all along). Before I begin, I want to apologize as you bear with me. I’m learning at how to be a blogger, but most importantly, I’m still learning how to be a better Christian today than I was yesterday. Thanks for bearing, friends. It means more than you know.
God recently laid this message on my heart because I have walked through this very same situation (or analogy) in my own life, and I feel like I have just come out on the other side (hopefully and prayerfully).
Because I feel as if someone out there is walking through this situation now.
Because I know that someone needs to hear this message of hope.
So, grab a comfy seat, a blanket, your favorite beverage (I’ll have a pumpkin spice coffee with almond milk creamer, puhhhhhleaseeee), and let’s dive into God’s Word together using an analogy He gave me. (And I’ll try my best to keep the commentary short and brief).
- Sometimes, life can feel like you’re walking through fog.
About a year and some months ago, I went through a tough time in my life. My “normal,” “stable,” “constant” was gone. I woke up one day, and it was like I was stuck in a dense fog. I couldn’t see what was up ahead (a bright future) or to my side (loyal friends who showered me with love) due to the fog (the heart-shattering situation) that engulfed me.
Even what was behind me (my past in regard to this situation) seemed to be shrouded in fog as well. All that I knew regarding this situation had been a lie. Fog was everywhere, and I was suffocating. All I could focus on were the emotions that threatened to take me over.
If you feel that you’re in this stage of life, stuck in a situation that has left you in despair and with no hope, please take heart in the following verses. God’s Words speak so much better than mine.
Hebrews 12:2a says,
“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…”
What He starts in us, He will finish. That’s a promise. Fix your eyes on Him.
Hebrews 11:1 says,
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
When you’re in the fog (and you can’t see a way out or see the path ahead of you), realize that God is still working. He has good things planned.
Psalm 103:5 says,
“He fills my life with good things.”
Especially in the fog.
2. Sometimes, life can feel like walking through the rain.
At times, it’s not just fog that’s present in our lives…
Sometimes, we’re experiencing an all out downpour… or at least a drizzle.
Not only can we not see what lies ahead (fog) which robs us of joy if we’re not relying on our faith, sometimes, it feels like we’re getting hit at every turn (rain). I know that, in my situation, there was a little bit of fog and a little bit of rain.
I couldn’t understand what God was doing, and there were painful things happening every day (it seemed). Take heart in what God’s Word says in the midst of the rain, friends.
Isaiah 43:2 says,
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”
Psalm 37:5 says,
“Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says,
“There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens.”
3. Take heart. The sun will shine soon.
I’m seeing the peeking of the sun in my situation.
A hint of the sweet promises that God intends to fulfill in my life.
Take heart, friend. The “Son” is coming for you, too.
“The pain that you’ve been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.”
“Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.”
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
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