It never ceases to amaze me how, when times are tough, the Lord will bring just exactly the encouragement I need, when I need it. I have continued to battle various problems over the past few days, but two things have spoken to me during that time.
“Jesus Calling” yesterday said:
Give up the illusion that you deserve a problem-free life. Part of you is still hungering for the resolution of all difficulties. This is a false hope! As I told My disciples, in the world you will have trouble. Link your hope not to problem solving in this life but to the promise of an eternity of problem-free life in heaven. Instead of seeking perfection in this fallen world, pour your energy into seeking Me: the Perfect One.
It is possible to enjoy Me and glorify Me in the midst of adverse circumstances. In fact, My Light shines most brightly through believers who trust Me in the dark. That kind of trust is supernatural: a production of My indwelling Spirit. When things seem all wrong, trust Me anyway. I am much less interested in right circumstances than in right responses to whatever comes your way.
Also, after writing my blog post last Friday night, I woke up Saturday morning to a message from my sweet friend, Dana, with a song to encourage me. As with so many of you, music can really speak to and soothe my soul and I am so grateful how God has recently used several friends to bring timely songs to encourage me in my circumstances at just the right moment.
Dana’s encouragement was a surprising Oscar nominated song from a Christian movie of the same title, to be released in June. It is sung by Joni Eareckson Tada, whose life story has inspired me ever since I first saw the movie about her as a young girl. She was rendered a quadriplegic from a diving accident when she was 17 years old.
The words of the song are truly inspiring – I have listened to it over and over the past several days. You may listen to the song and view the video here. I pray it will inspire you too, whenever you may feel alone:
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