Sometimes God will just knock me over the head with His Words. It hits me so hard that I am dizzy almost for days.
Recently, this happened.
I was reading through a prayer book and these words stood out on the page like a neon sign.
The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. Psalm 138:8
I gasped loudly when I came across it.
Several years ago, I had prayed this fervently over a child of mine. This child was facing a fierce battle of the enemy, and I prayed it desperately to God inserting my child's name in the verse.
My mind was filled with gratitude as I looked back on how far this child has come since those dark days.
In that season, I would pray those words over my child, but honestly, I would only half-believe them.
Don't get me wrong, I WANTED to believe them. I NEEDED to believe them. But, deep down, I just wasn't sure if God would pull through on this.
Do you know what I mean?
Have you felt this way? You want to believe so badly. You have no choice but to HOPE with all of your heart...
But goodness, sometimes it just seems like there is no way God can make this better. It just does not seem possible.
There is a verse that my daughter drew for me a long time ago. It is stuck to my fridge with a magnet.
"For we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7
Here is how I picture this verse...
I imagine getting up in the middle of the night from my bed...pure darkness.
I know the way to my bathroom, but I cannot see an inch in front of me.
I walk slowly. I trust that I know the way to get there.
However, I have to remember and trust the way or I may run into a piece of furniture (or step on my dog).
I have faith that I will make it to the bathroom...but it can be a bit wobbly of a walk.
We have this idea at times that our faith has to be rock solid and unwavering...
I think that would be awesome.
But, often, I think our faith does waver...yet we keep praying. We keep reading that scripture desperately wanting to believe it to be true. We keep putting our HOPE in the Lord...even when no hope is in sight.
We keep walking. Blind as a bat, but sure of the way.
He is the Way. He will perfect that which concerns us. He will perfect that which concerns your loved one.
What concerns you right this very second?
How about taking that step of faith.
Dark as it is...take the step.
He will be right beside you.
It may take a while for you to begin to see His plan...
But, He is perfecting it all the while.