Good Morning Beautiful Survivors!!
There are many seasons that we will all have to go through as we journey through life. Some of them are good and some of them are bad. I am convinced that God is in the midst of all of them with us. Nothing that we will ever go through is wasted; He is weaving everything together into a beautiful tapestry of our life. When we first look at it, it seems to be just a jumbled mess of confusion, but when we stand back and look at all that we have come through, it starts to make sense.
Of course, when we are right in the heat of the battle, it’s not fun. In fact, we might wonder what was the purpose in the first place. It is at this time, where our faith comes in. As I look back through the bible, and as I study it, I realize that not much that God does makes any sense at all to the human mind. That’s because his ways are higher than our ways and he has a plan that one day when we get to heaven, might make sense. But, for now, I will walk by faith and trust him completely, knowing that he is a good, good God. All of his promises are Yes and Amen!!! He wants nothing but good for his children. Yes, we live in a fallen world, but he still has everything under control. Not one sparrow will fall to the ground without him knowing it. He knows how many hairs are on your head, and he knows if you have hair or not. He knows your silent heart cry and why your pillow is soaked with tears in the late watches of the night. He knows how you miss that loved one. He knows how you want that wayward child to come back home and turn his life around. He knows that there is more month left over than money, and not only does he know, but he cares so deeply for you. He loves you so very much!! Yes, you!!!! If you were the only one in the whole wide world, he would have died on the cross for you alone!!!!
I have always said that when I get to heaven, I am going to ask Jesus about many things, but in reality, I know that when I behold him in all of his glory, all that I will be able to do is to fall at his feet in tears and worship him for who he is and for all that he has done for me. At that moment, I really doubt that all of these other things that seem so important, now, will really matter then. Just one moment in his presence, everything will be alright. I will be free at last!!!!
Which season of life are you in right now? Is it a wonderful and fun season? Are you newly married and enjoying every day with the love of your life? Are you a new parent, thrilled with that precious baby? Are you a parent of a teenager, and you are wondering if your frazzled nerves can make it one more day? Are you a teenager and wonder how you can get your parents to understand? Are you a grandparent, enjoying those grandbabies and recalling the same fun times spent not so long ago with your own children? Or, are you in the late season of your life? The winds of change have blown in and everything is a reflection of all that you love and remember from a lifetime of memories?
No matter which season of life you are in, you are not alone. You never have been from day one, and you will never will be. God has been with you all along the way; through the wedding, the divorce court, the hospital, the nursing home, the chemo, and yes at the gravesite of your dearest loved one. He knows and he cares so deeply. All of these seasons are leading you home, and Oh, what a day of rejoicing that will be! There will be no more sadness, sickness, loss of loved ones, death or tears. You will be home at last!! You will walk those streets of gold with your loved ones and Jesus Himself. He will welcome you with open arms and hug you tightly to his chest. You will know that all is well at last. Just one glorious day in heaven will be worth a lifetime of suffering in this life.
Do you have broken dreams in this season of your life? Do you feel hopeless, like things can never be mended? Take all of those broken pieces and offer them back up to God. Give him all of the burnt ashes and give him a sacrifice of praise. He will give you a gladness in your heart that the world cannot give you, and surely, cannot ever take away. He will take those ashes and restore back to you, your joy. He will give back to you everything the locust has eaten. In your weakness, he is your strength. In your fear, he is your peace. In your sickness, he is your healing. In your loss and grief, he is your restorer. No matter what you have been through, he will take all of the leftover fragments and weave it into the most beautiful tapestry of your life that will shine forth as pure gold.
Never give up Beautiful friend!!! God loves you so very much. He made you, and yes, he will carry you through every season of your life until your hair is white with old age. He will never leave you! Yes, weeping may endure for a night, but, Oh yes, JOY TRULY WILL COME IN THE MORNING!! JUST YOU WAIT AND SEE!!!
I love you guys!
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.