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There are some days that are just indescribable. A longing for something else. A soul craving.
Many times I have told the Lord, "I just don't belong here. My soul craves for Home."
Y'all know what I mean?
I was having one of those days recently. I even texted my people and [hesitantly] asked them for prayer. Not even sure of what I was asking them to pray about, I just told them to just please pray for me.
That same afternoon, I turned on the radio in my car. This song by Laura Story was playing:
I've been living like an orphan
Trying to belong here
But it's just not my home
I've been holding on so tightly
To all the things that I think
That satisfy my soul
But I'm letting go
So be my Father, my mighty Warrior
Be my King
‘Cause I can be scattered, frail and shattered
Lord, I need You now to be
Be my God so I can just be me
Can you relate?
Have you ever felt different? Or that you didn't belong?
I think that's the point.
"You do not belong to this world" John 15:18
Our souls were made for Heaven, and our flesh remains here on Earth until that sweet day.
As I think about Jesus this week, the week before His death and resurrection, I know He must have had similar feelings.
In His anguish He prayed, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." Luke 22:42
He knew what was ahead. He knew the good that was coming. Yet, He had to endure the pain here on Earth until it came. He knew every detail of his crucifixion that was coming. Can you even imagine?
We are spared that kind of knowing. We don't have the kind of insight Jesus had. Thank goodness.
However, we do have the same Hope that He had. Yes, we do have Hope.
Hope pushes us through those days when we feel like we don't belong. Or that we just cannot see or feel the good.
Jesus pushed through the week before His death. He pushed through the pain, the hurt, the grief, the suffering.
His Hope carried Him to the cross. His Hope carried him as He was crucified.
"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34
Hope arose from the dead three days later.
Hope was fulfilled.
We have this Hope. Every single day of our lives.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
When you find yourself lacking hope, push through. Push through some more. Hope is always there to carry you through.
Everything will be well in the end.
He promises us this.