Isaiah 43: 1-4. Don’t be afraid, I have redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place it won’t be a dead end because I am your God your personal God the holy of Israel your savior.
I woke up today in a storm. You wouldn’t know it, or at least I hope I don’t show it, but I’ve been here too long, in this storm. Recently, although God has blessed, provided, and abled me to accomplish some surprising new things, this particular situation hasn’t changed, it may not. I’m not fearful, but I am very tired; tired of being here in this. So I’m praying a little more, a little longer, being more specific and focusing on trust, trusting in the outcome He chooses. Each day He gets me through. Really God gets me through and I laugh, I praise, I pray for someone, someone sends an encouraging word, something. Today like every morning I prayed and began to have worship. As tears welled up, I opened my iPad to my books, and the very first message I saw: “I am in the storm with you”. Truth! “I am in the storm with you”, wow, thank you God. Dry those tears!
Reading this devotional thought from one of my most favorite writers, I recall some time ago, feeling sorry for myself, saying to God about him, “I appreciate and have been blessed by his works, however, he is neither Black, nor a single woman! He doesn’t know nor understand what I’m going through. He’s had opportunities I won’t ever have, freedoms I’ll never enjoy. He praises you because he’s a privileged White man who should praise! And today, he is still neither of those, but he shared a story about something I never knew about him and took for granted he could have never gone through. I learned today as I read, of an experience he suffered and endured multiple times as a boy, something so horrible, I could only imagine, and don’t want to. Everyone’s going through something or has gone through something. And now I know the part of this writer that makes me know he knows what he’s talking about.
You’re probably going though, or coming out of something. If not, and you’re alive, it’s coming. It’s called life, down here! What makes all the difference is we actually have Someone who can, and will handle every storm, if we just give them to Him. I don’t know how He’ll do for you what you need, and I don’t know when. But I do know, we are not alone. Let’s do what we’re able to do then wait. God is with us today, tomorrow and forever. Not just words, facts! Today I once again gave Him, me, my music, my writing, my everything. We won’t make it out of this without Him; His direction, protection, help! We really honestly won’t. Your degrees, finances, or lack thereof; your family, friends or contacts, make no difference . If God doesn’t send the help even if it’s through one of those resources, if it’s not directed by or sent by Him, it won’t work or last.
Let’s give it all to Him, then sit back in trust and with great expectation!
I’m going to have a happy Monday today and I pray you do to because today we’re going to give our cares to the one who says, cast all your cares on Me! He’s in this storm with us and it will be handled!