Good morning all-
I am back after a windstorm hit Kansas and boy was it blowing. During several points of my journey yesterday the wind almost had its way with my car. Crazy? Luckily, I didn't see any of the trucks in the ditch but then again, they were traveling at a much slower rate, accounting for their loads and the speed and ferocity of the wind. And of course, my brain was thinking about that for over four hours.
It's really fun to drive alone. You contemplate all kinds of things. Kansas is an open territory. Basically, you can see for miles. There aren't a lot of trees and so often, I look at the sky. It gives me comfort when I look at the beauty all around me. That's when I see God best. He created it, its His design and even though I don't always understand what He's doing; I can look out my window and see Him.
Life has held many curveballs for this family of late and today I go to bury a friend. My husband asked me last night how a life could go from being happy to being desolate? My response, evil, shame and all sorts of things come in, we build walls up against God and poof, we are in the pit of despair. It can happen for someone that doesn't believe as easy as it can for us. If you question it, God will show you, I promise.
As I was contemplating today and how much my life has changed over the last year, my friend called, the one that is still losing her hair. After Saturday, I promised myself that I would look at life differently and that I would always look for a rainbow. I love that term because I think it's one of the most majestic things God created. She was thoroughly depressed, downtrodden, broken, in despair and I had no words. You would think a good friend could come up with something and then I thought of Jesus, what would He say. He would say, "I know its hard, this journey is not easy, I have walked where you walked and I carry you today." So, I told her that I would never leave her and that I loved her. I promised that I would believe where she didn't and that I hold onto the hope of restoration. She is looking at time; I am looking for Jesus. This trial has been long, maybe some of you can relate. She's afraid, miserable and losing her strength. I love that because God is just waiting to start His restoration. She may feel crushed but He is the deliverer. He's done it multiple times throughout History and His greatest miracle was the resurrection of Jesus. Take a moment to think about that.
I spent over an hour on the phone with her, listening and loving. Her phone finally went dead but before it did, I heard one of her little girls complaining. I asked her what was going on. See, I had just said that we needed to look for a rainbow from God, something that would tell her, He is near. Her reply, "She wants her sister to paint rainbows on her fingernails." I'm not lying. I burst out laughing and I even thanked Jesus. I don't think she was in the mood to see the humor in it but I was. God is always showing His hand, we just have to be willing to see it.
I continue to pray that God will restore her and that He will comfort her. She is weary but He is strong. If you have a moment today will you please pray for her too. I truly believe that we can move mountains together. If we will join together, we can change the world. Not by our own act but by Jesus! His will be done. I'm sure there are others going through things right now and they need some hope so I leave you with a few thoughts today. Walking in obedience leads to faith. Trusting that our Savior loved us so much leads to hope. And the two together lead us to Him. I know it's hard sometimes. I've struggled too. But in the end, we have to lift one another up, we must walk beside our brothers and sisters and raise them to Jesus. We aren't here just to do a few things; we're here to do great things, not for ourselves, but for Jesus. Have a great day and remember Jesus is a call away!
Isaiah 26:3 KJV:
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.
Job: 33: 24 KJV:
The he is gracious unto him, and saith, deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, You are my mighty warrior. I call upon You for the women that read this blog and for women everywhere. We are seeking and not finding. We are in the dark, lonely and hurting. We cry out but don't hear your voice. We read that You are near. We believe that You sacrificed Your life for us. But we struggle with obedience and faith. Walking is difficult without answers and yet, unless You provide them we have to keep walking. Hear us, O, Lord, crying out to You. We are asking You to move mountains, bring forth Your people and show Your power. We are crying out from every tongue confessing that Jesus is Lord. We believe that every living creature was created by You, not for us but for You. We thank You that we are one with You and that You chose us to walk this journey with You. Take the men and women that are in despair and shine Your light on their lives. Give them relief as they cry out to You. We need You Lord. For every person that can't get out of the pit today, I cry out for them. I come before You and so do my sisters. We ask that You would lead them to the foot of the cross, that they would have relief and that today, they would see Your hand. You are mighty and You can protect them from the evil that lurks. I'm asking for a hedge of protection and for Your warrior angels to surround them. I am asking that we would be convicted to pray for them and that through these prayers, You will deliver them. You have the power to crush this world and yet, You don't. We come before You today, humble and obedient. Guide us and nurture us all our days. Your presence is all we need. In Jesus name, AMEN