Hey, Everybody! I hope this post finds you virus free! I pray you will find the Lord guarding, guiding and providing for you and your loved ones!
It’s been an unusual month for our family. Through it all, filled with the Lord’s blessing, so much mercy and grace and provision.
At the beginning of the year, I sort of pondered, if I had a ‘word’ from the Lord to focus on through the year. I have done that in the past. Pretty quickly, the word ‘healing’ came to mind. I am always game to take the Lord up on His encouragements. So, I have been believing and praying for it.
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,…Let all things be done decently and in order.” –– 1 Corinthians 14:33a, 40.
A series of events (first two personal) have occurred during the past month, this ridiculous ‘beer’ virus being the third such thing, which looks like the opposite of healing, the opposite of peace, the opposite of orderly. Instead, looking like strife, confusion, disorder, disunity and even sickness.
But, I am not discouraged in the least. I have this sense that with the Lord, in adversity, comes great opportunity. How can a person overcome, or a group of people or even an individual, rise to the occasion, without adversity? Pressure propels. Resistance strengthens our spiritual and mental muscles!
In lack, we learn to trust and give. In strife, we learn to choose peace, forgiveness and love. Where this is not welcome, we wish peace. Pursue these valuable treasures where we can!
In heartbreak, we choose hope, we choose love. We choose faith.
In sickness and fear, we determine to choose faith, hope, the vitality of the Lord, knowing our ‘strength shall not be abated’, nor our ‘eyes grow dim’. As we wait on the Lord, He shall renew our strength.
I think a focused spirit of gratitude is so key to seeing the best the Lord has for us. In all the little things. It makes us able to ‘see’ the possibility of the great things He CAN do! To have an expectation of His GOOD brought to bear in our lives, in our loved ones lives, and in our world! In everything we touch!
“Don’t worry about anything; INSTEAD, PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. TELL GOD what you need, and THANK HIM for all He has done. THEN YOU WILL experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. HIS PEACE WILL GUARD your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:6-7.
I find myself hopeful for what the Lord will do. In Genesis, He moved a people through a famine for His purpose. He used the threat of Pharaoh breathing down the Israelites’ necks, to cause the miraculous Red Sea deliverance. He allowed trouble to come to Job, up to a certain extent. Because He 1) Knew what Job could withstand and come out stronger and 2) Was using the trouble to do a refining and strengthening work in Job, preparing him for great and sweet, future expansion of his life and blessing. D. O. U. B. L. E. Double everything good he had before the trouble.
Sometimes when bringing order, and restoration, there is more mess than we expect. Don’t be alarmed! The bigger the mess, the bigger the opportunity for God to move. Be expectant. Be bold! Be looking upward, forward, to Him!
Look at this dictionary definition for HEALING ! It fits everything on my heart and mind! I hope it will encourage you! —
“a. To restore to health or soundness; cure: healed the sick patient.