Here it is Monday-the day I said I would share a moment of joy, but sometimes I just don’t like the path that I’ve been given. As I walk with another friend through a rough time, I am saddened. I am thankful for so many things , yet sometimes it’s hard to remember those things in the difficult moments.
I can’t always see what’s ahead and at times that brings fear. What if those things that I’ve hoped for do not come to pass? What if my desires for my life aren’t God’s desires? What if I am disappointed by the road that I take? What if something happens to those I love? How will I cope? How will others around me cope?
Tonight, I was with some friends. We began talking about the journeys we’re on. We’ve all had disappointments. We’ve all struggled with what our hope should be in life, but tonight we remembered together that we can trust in a faithful God. We don’t know the future and we don’t always know where He’s leading us, but we can know and believe that He is a God that loves us. He promises to work good in all situations.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t always see how a situation can be used for good. There’s a step of faith that I have to take to put my trust in God’s promise. Sometimes gratitude is a choice. Sometimes I have to look back and see the glimpses of good that God has shown me in difficult situations in the past. I have to allow my mind and heart to be reminded that He is at work now even in this broken world.
Sometimes gratefulness is a choice. Today I’m thankful for the body of Christ who can remind me of God’s promises. I’m thankful for His Word that reminds me that this world is not all there is. I’m thankful that He has given us the hope of eternity with Him. I’m also thankful that He gives us glimpses of hope now. I’m thankful that He is making all things new. I’m thankful that He is with me through those times that I struggle and those times that I doubt.
I’m thankful that He hears my cries. I’m thankful that He knows my fears and my sadness and that He walks alongside me. I’m thankful that today He pointed me back to His promises.
Where did you see a glimpse of hope today?
I sit here in shock, in sadness and in prayer. The last few weeks, it has been my goal to start blogging again. I thought that I’d start with a post on a Monday so I could begin, again, a pattern of praising God for what He’s done. I began thinking of things that I could share-things that God has done recently but today I realized I couldn’t wait until a Monday.
Today I’m mourning the sudden death of a friend’s son. It came as such a surprise. There have been conversations about why this happened. Our church has had many surprise deaths in the last few years. What is God doing? How come He took someone so young? How will this family and the body of Christ get through this again?
There’s hope in knowing that this world is not all there is but it doesn’t make the pain go away now. It did, however, remind me that today matters. We don’t know what tomorrow will look like or whether we’ll still be here. We don’t know what God has in store for us, but we do know that He is present with us today and that He holds the future.
How will I make today matter?
I don’t always understand why things happen but I know that I have a God who cares about me and desires to be in relationship with me. I can go to Him with my fears and my questions and my anger and my shock. He’s big enough to hear all of those emotions, and He promises to never leave me. He promises to walk alongside me in the good times and the most difficult times.
These things may have surprised me but they haven’t surprised Him. I don’t understand His ways but I can look back and see how He has been faithful in other hard times.
Today I’m thankful for His presence and that I can run to Him when I don’t understand this life. I’m thankful that He invites my questions. I’m thankful that even when I don’t know how to express my feelings, He is there listening to my tears and walking beside me.
What are you questioning today? Run to Him and talk to Him about those things.
Last time, we thought about how HOPE starts with being HONEST with where you are. He already knows what you’re thinking and feeling. He wants to meet you there!
Today we’re going to think about His promise that He will never leave you nor forsake us. The O in HOPE is going to stand for God’s OMNIPRESENCE. He is AWAYS with us. He hears everything we say and think. He knows when we need to just be held in His arms. He knows our fears and our tears. He is OMNIPRESENT!
We have to remind ourselves of the truth even when we don’t feel like it. It’s like living in a new way. You and I need help to act on God’s truths even when we don’t seem to experience it. We need to remember that God is always with us even when we don’t feel His presence.
There will be times where we have to step forward in faith even when we feel like the water is crashing down on us. Because He has promised that He will never leave us, we can trust that even if we don’t see what He’s doing in this moment in our life, He is working-it might just be somewhere where we can’t see it.
How can we take comfort in the fact that God is always with you (even when it may not seem like He is)?
Grab a cup of coffee and take some time on this New Year’s Day to read Psalm 46. Get out that journal or that piece of paper or open up a new document on the computer.
List names of God from that Psalm. Then write about how that name of God gives you comfort/hope.
Here are some I’ve thought about this year.
My Counselor–He listens to me.
A Great Light–He shows me the way when I feel that I am in darkness.
My High Tower-He is higher than my troubles. He is a place of calm and refuge.
Why don’t you try these…
My Strong Rock
King of Glory
Check out Psalm 46 and other psalms for other names of God too.
Maybe make a bookmark to keep in your Bible or write them on an index card and hang it on your fridge or in your car.
Let’s thank God today for His OMNIPRESENCE! In this New Year we can remember that no matter what comes, He promises to never leave us alone.
Enjoy this free bookmark:)
In those tough times, I need to remember to….
Be HONEST with my feelings.
Trust in God’s OMNIPRESENCE.
Move towards other PEOPLE in the body of Christ and
Live with an ETERNAL perspective.
Enjoy your weekend!