Isaiah 43:2. Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name. (Insert yours). You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, or shall the flames scorch you. For I am the Lord your God. The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
“Don’t be afraid, because I have bought you back, I have made up for the results of sin. You (insert your name) belong to me. When you feel like you’re drowning, I’ll rescue you. When you’re in danger, I will protect you. Life will be scary, horrible, confusing; I’ll help you walk through it. I have authority to say this to you. I’m not just a god, I am the only living, creator, ruler, God. I’m pure and honest. All power is in me. I can and will save you!”
As with last week, I fully intended to pass on today! Can the state of things, get much worse? Yep! So when God woke me up this morning at 1 am, I said to myself, “ what can I possibly say today to encourage myself and others? God said, “They’re not hearing from you, I’m dictating”. Gotcha!
What’s the most frightening thing you’ve experienced Noelette? Well a lot of things really, but I would say, with both my children I had a combination of many emotions, not all warm fuzzy ones either. And though I worked up to both deliveries, I was sick from the first day of pregnancy to the last with each child. Yet, when it was all said and done, and I held each one of my children in my arms, every feeling of nausea, every day of walking around with another person growing inside me moving, with no regard to my feelings, and wondering how much space is inside me and if my organs become damaged by a body taking over my insides, suddenly vanished. There is truly a miraculous wonder in the process of birth. I can not fully understand. With the birth of each child, all I felt was overwhelming love. The pain gone, the discomfort, and most especially fear of the unexpected; fear of their safety as well as mine. I got through; 24 hours of labor with my son, my first child, and 8 hours of labor with my most precious daughter. You see with her, I was stronger and wiser, and though I had to be monitored because of complications, I was more prepared mentally. Nothing mattered but each one of them. And His word once again proved true. As concerning as both pregnancies were, God brought me through. And besides my husband, God provided me with many, many loving supporters right beside me!
You see, God never suggested life without fear, pain sorrow or troubles. But He promised, he promised, hundreds of times in the Bible, to take us through. Look for the promises.
Consider your life and how God brought you to and through, maybe years ago, months; maybe just last week. Keeping that in mind, today, think, what will be different? Will He forget me now? Does He love me less today? Has He lost His control and power? And then, here’s a question to ponder, Did I ever really believe His love and abilities. Do I believe? Ask Him to help you with that.
The death, life, and resurrection of Christ; are strong indicators of Gods love and ability to keep his word. The most powerful love ever known. And it is because of this, we can face today, tomorrow, and every day there after. I know, You may be saying, ”a lot of words and cliches”. Ahh but no. You see, you will soon be able to say to someone else, “ It’s going to be ok”. “When such and such happened to me...”. So face today because He lives. Face today, because you’re here. Face today because God loves you. Find God in His word and know, BECAUSE HE LIVES, YOU CAN FACE TODAY!