And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10 ESV
There will always be moments of ups and downs and days of in-between doubt. Our hearts will feel heavy and worn. Life will become overwhelming as we try our best to weather the storms. Hills will be difficult to climb and we will feel weary. But as we struggle to keep on going, God will help us remember HE is in charge of handling EVERY season of our lives!
Gray sky days WILL fade as we patiently wait for the sun. God WILL allow us to see part of His plans. He will reveal glimpses of GOOD and remind us to LOOK for His blessings. And He will transform our hearts so we will become aware of what He provides. He will give strength to endure.
Jesus said there will be difficulties in the world. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Oh, how we need to be reminded Christ IS with us! He wants to take burdens from our hearts and help us understand what comes from surrender. He wants us to follow Him and discover where to find needed REST.
Scripture says, "What no one ever saw or heard, what no one ever thought could happen, is the very thing God prepared for those who love Him.” We can’t possibly comprehend what God has store for us. But we can TRUST in the power of His amazing GRACE and find PEACE as we are rescued by Jesus.
Now more than ever, we NEED the love of our Savior! As He cradles us in care, we learn how to COPE WITH HOPE. As we wait for better days to come, we begin to realize we will never be without trouble. But if we remain faithful, God will provide direction. He will help us find courage and give us wisdom to know what to do. He will connect us with treasured family and friends who love, support and help us remember; nothing will happen that He cannot handle.
God will provide clarity in the seasons of our lives and remind us why better days will come! We must not forget He IS working in our lives; drawing us closer to calm. Lives will change, but He will not. We can rely on Him to restore us. HE IS GOD! There will never be a day without His love. He will bless those who seek Him and believe in His power to save. He will ALWAYS help those who want to be rescued.
Dear God, help us understand what comes from surrender when we choose to admit we’re weak. Humble our hearts for Jesus, so we will embrace gratitude from His guiding. We will patiently wait to be lifted, rescued and restored. Thank you for EVERY season of our lives. Help us COPE with HOPE as we’re carried through weakness and give us strength to remember; YOU know how to handle our lives. Thank you for setting the stage for better days to come. We will seek You with ALL of our hearts and delight in what will happen when we faithfully learn to TRUST. Thank you, Lord, Thank you! Amen