Posts tagged Hope.
When you give your life to Jesus,
it produces a TESTIMONY;
you become a part of God’s story
and you will never be the same.
“Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4,5
There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.
Be encouraged today because God has designed you to leap over your troubles— not in your own abilities, but because He is your strength. He will sustain you and provide a way out.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the LORD. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Yesterday I was feeling really torn and broken about some stuff that’s going on at home. Feeling restless, I went for a long walk/run to clear my head and talk to God. By the time I returned home the most basic discovery I had come out with was that God and I had a date for this morning at sunrise! I wasn’t sure exactly why the vision or the prompt had come to me, but of course I wasn’t going to refuse it.
I woke before dawn, packed a bag full of goodies (my Bible, devotional, camera and FOOD) and decided to bike down to the water. It was still dark when I went into the garage to grab my bike, which had been sitting there all winter. Thinking nothing of it I threw my backpack over my shoulder, hopped on, and began to pedal. I rode a fairly decent distance before I realized how hard I was actually working to keep moving forward, even though I wasn’t even moving that fast. By then dawn was breaking and the light cast was enough for me to look down and notice that the front wheel was COMPLETELY flat. I thought, “Oh my. This explains so much,” and had that naturally fleeting thought to just turn around and go home. But I had already gotten so far and I knew turning around would be a poor choice. Besides that, I was way too determined to give up!
I had a mile and a half to go. A mile. And a half. The closer I got the harder it was to keep going. I kept my mind busy by thinking about how much my struggle related to the Kingdom of God: For a lot of us (think especially of the saints) it seems like the closer we get to Heaven, the harder it is to persevere. We’re faced with so much sorrow and so much pain and just because we’re getting closer doesn’t mean it’s getting any easier. But when remember that God is still with us, when we remember Who we’re living for, it’s a beautiful reminder that this place is not our home. So when we work hard and keep going, when we finally do make it to our final destination, it is just THAT much more glorious.
When I made it to the water it was so serene and lovely as dawn continued to break; light was overflowing from the horizon but the sun itself was still working it’s way up. I got situated at a picnic bench and read my devotional; I spent time thinking and praying and then texted my good friend and brother, Dave, who had told me earlier on that he wanted to share with me something that was on his heart; something he believed God had spoken to him. As I read through his messages I was amazed to find that his words aligned perfectly with my devotional, and were the exact words I needed to hear. How cliche is it that in those moments the sun began to rise over the trees and shine before me?
God’s voice and direction was so clear, and what a beautiful feeling it is to know that God ALWAYS remains so faithful and loving! Dave and I talked for a little while longer before I started packing up and decided it was time to head back. After preparing my iPod for the venture home I got on my bike and began to pedal. After all my praise and worship I had almost completely forgotten about the flat tire, but before long my legs were on FIRE; my muscles were burning so bad and it took so much out of me to keep going. I had gotten maybe a quarter of a mile before I thought, “I’m just going to walk it,” but as soon as I had that thought, and right when I considered getting off the bike, All The Way My Savior Leads Me by Chris Tomlin began to play.
This is a song that’s special to Dave and I; a song that has helped him overcome a difficult hill on his runs, and a song that has helped me persevere through my walk with Christ. How funny that this song would begin to play at that exact moment! I let out a quiet giggle and playfully rolled my eyes at God thinking, “Well then, here it goes…challenge accepted.”
And so I continued to bike. Fervently. All the Way My Savior Leads Me playing on repeat the entire way home.