Saturday, June 1, 2019

Be Strong

In my social media, there is a lot of advice given.  I love to look at the inspirational memes.  I love the Bible verses out of context with pretty backgrounds like flowers, mountain ranges and seascapes.  Some of them are spot on.  Some of them, not so much.  My prayer is that they hit the heart in the way they were meant but... there is no substitute for the Word of God.  Furthermore, it would seem that people need more out there.  Every one is battling.  Every one seems to be tired.  I am not the only one.  I'm tired but to be fair, it's my decompression time and I haven't gotten all my rest in because I've not taken the time to rest.  I will rest, hopefully. 

Deuteronomy 31:6 says, "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you."  Don't be afraid.  How do you stop it?  It has been quiet in my house.  I talked about this.  I want noise.  My children will grow up and leave.  Then what will become of me?  Such an honest thought!!!  I feel it even now, there is a niggle of fear as I imagine a variety of different outcomes to stave away the fearful thoughts.  It feels as if this verse is commanding me to be strong.  Don't be afraid.  Why?  How?  Because God is with you.  And you know what?  He's not going to leave you.  He will not turn His back on you. 

I talk to people. I get away with stuff sometimes. I mean, how can you complain about how runny your eggs were when you have a widow standing before you? The first thing I hear out of people's mouths are, "I feel..."  What if we didn't feel?  What if we know.  I have felt pain and in that pain I have said, "Praise the Lord."  How?  Why?  Because I knew that regardless of how I felt, regardless of the road I have before me, regardless of the dry desert; God was with me.  His rod and staff go before me (Psalm 23). 

I have felt sadness.  I have felt loss.  I have felt grief.  I have felt annoyed.  I have felt exhaustion.  I have felt depression.  I have felt anti-social.  I have even felt hopelessness. Some of you are reading my list of felts and would suggest that I get some help.  I agree.  I need help.  I go to God.  I have sat and poured out my anger in hot tears on quiet nights until I was spent.  I have been so tired that the thought of coming out of bed and into the world have been a lot for me.  I don't claim to have it all together.  I really don't.  Then I remember that God will not leave me nor forsake me.  He is with me.  He is close to the broken hearted (Psalm 34:18).  So today, I get up out of bed into the new day.  How can I be strong?  I am strong by knowing that God is with me wherever I go and He will not leave.  He will not forsake me.  If I have have the Creator of the universe with me, what's my problem?  If God is for me, who can be against me? (Romans 8)  Praise the Lord!!!

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