This has been a strange week for me. Simultaneously, there are two scenarios taking place in my life right now. One is beautiful, the other is ugly.
I’m in Lexington KY (@ Bethel Harvest Church) having the time of my life with dear friends Pastor Marion and Stephanie Dalton. Sunday’s services seemed to be phenomenal. Yesterdays leadership meetings were just the same. The leaders (and Church family) at Bethel Harvest Church are brilliant, loving, and legendary.
Then, there is a terrible war going on with something that is very important to me. Since I can’t give you the details of the situation without downing the other people involved, I’ll just generalize for the sake of this message.
Sometimes, this is the way things turn out for us. Isn’t it? One the one hand, we want to celebrate like a rockstar for the VERY good things happening. Then, on the other hand, we’re fighting back the tears more than anyone can imagine.
Yesterday was quite likely the most vivid moment of emotional contrast I’ve ever known before.
on the same day.
I’m not sure if I have a spiritual lesson about this… just figured I would write transparently and see where it goes.
Here are the verses I meditated on yesterday (Isaiah 54:11-17 NLT):
11 “O storm-battered city,
troubled and desolate!
I will rebuild you with precious jewels
and make your foundations from lapis lazuli.
12 I will make your towers of sparkling rubies,
your gates of shining gems,
and your walls of precious stones.
13 I will teach all your children,
and they will enjoy great peace.
14 You will be secure under a government that is just and fair.
Your enemies will stay far away.
You will live in peace,
and terror will not come near.
15 If any nation comes to fight you,
it is not because I sent them.
Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.
16 “I have created the blacksmith
who fans the coals beneath the forge
and makes the weapons of destruction.
And I have created the armies that destroy.
17 But in that coming day
no weapon turned against you will succeed.
You will silence every voice
raised up to accuse you.
These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord;
their vindication will come from me.
I, the Lord, have spoken!
As cliché as this will sound, vain is the help of people in times like these. Thank God for all of the handshakes, hugs, and helpful words. But there are some days when there is no breakthrough to be found in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire. (1Kings 19:11-13)
Only a small, still, VOICE from our Father.
God’s written word is His living voice.
I’m still not feeling too victorious at the moment, but, the more I meditate on my loving Father’s SMALL STILL VOICE (The verses above from Isaiah 54), the better I will feel.
More than that, God is attracted to faith… and by faith, the mountains always topple.
Here is a great video for the moment: My Hope Is In You – Aaron Shust
I prayed for you this morning while I wrote this message. Maybe it’s been good to know that you’re not alone in the valley today. Even better, to know that we’re not going to die in the valley either. With much love…
Hold On To Your Dreams,