I am so very excited to bring you this excerpt Joy Comes from the devotional Be Still: Leaning into God When Everything Falls Apart. A 30 day devotional written by women for women. Our prayer is that even in the struggle, we can find rest in Him. Regardless of our circumstances, we can lean into the One who loves us for He is good.
For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?
Almost two years ago this verse became my family’s anthem song. We declared it. We repeated it over and over. To come against prognoses, logic, doubt, set back, fear. We said it in the ICU. Alone in the dark hours of the night. Gathered together hands laid. Believing. It was our battle cry…
And there were wins. Great big victorious wins. And yet there was heartbreak. Huge mountains that still needed climbed. So many things to come against. So many things to overcome. We were waiting on more miracles. The kind that only God could provide. We needed more. We needed Him. His love. His mercy. His healing.
And, yet there was wondering.
And, yet there was wondering: How long will this go on? How much more can we endure? God, I know you’re here. You are faithful [Psalm 91:4]. Lord, I see you in the hospital and the lonely cry in the middle of the night. You are sovereign [Psalm 68:20]. Father, I feel your presence. You are light [Psalm 27:1].
And still here we are. Here in this valley. Here in the night. Brokenhearted and tired. In a season of pain. But you know what I love about seasons? They’re just that. Seasons. Periods of time, but not lifetimes. Even the longest winter, turns into spring. One of the things I love most about spring is that no matter how dark and cold and bleak the winter was, the light always comes. All things are made new. The grass greens, the birds come back, new growth begins, and the days become longer. It is glorious.
We are promised our spring. We are promised that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning [Psalms 30:5]. And so, what can we do during the darkest night? We can cling to His timeline. No worldly prognosis or prediction. His. His word is true. He will fulfill His promises to us. All the forces of darkness cannot stop what God has ordained [Isaiah 14:27]. Nothing can stop what God had purposed. Nothing.
Are you clinging to His timeline or the world’s? In what areas in your life do you feel as though the night has been painstakingly long?
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