“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3
“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” Isaiah 49:15-16
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy to have you here with me today and my prayer for you; is that you will truly come to feel and experience the closeness, of a great…loving and very caring God, while you’re here today!
Do we realize that God can be seen, during the darkest moment of circumstance? It doesn’t matter how far we wander away from God…because no distance is too great for Him.
I remember a time when I was just coming out of a long bout of deep…deep heartache. This was also a time, when I was beginning to connect with God, in a way that I never thought I’d experience in my life. There were times, when thoughts out of nowhere would come up to the surface of my mind so quickly; that I could barely jot them down in time. It actually got to the place, where I would leave ink pens in almost every room of our home…and there were many times, when I would write these inspiring thoughts on toilet tissue and Kleenex.
One summer, I had decided to take all my extra time and spend it with God and write…as a means of seeking Him for guidance and continual help in my life. After all my housework was finished, I would gather up my notepad and Bible and head for the covered deck. Sometimes I would just sit there and do nothing…just open my heart up to God. I even remember watching a mother robin feed her little one, while writing on how God truly cares for His own children.
One day, as I was sitting outside, I decided to get up and stretch my legs and as I leaned over the deck railing…out of nowhere, a huge gust of wind hit me head on and about knocked me over. As I stood there…thinking on how strange this moment seemed; I began to see this moment, as though the breath of God had just come down upon me…and from there a poem was born, titled… “Breathe on Me Oh Spirit.”
I’ve also had moments, when I had been sitting in my office in tears, due to pain or some other moment of distress and looked out my office window…only to find one tree branch moving…or should I say shaking, while everything around that branch remained still. To some…moments such as these may seem strange or they may even think it’s all in the mind …but I don’t agree because I truly believe that God’s presence surrounds us everywhere.
Through the life I’ve lived, I have come to experience God in so many ways. In fact, I had a moment, when I became speechless, due to a deep moment of heartache…only to find myself humming a song that I had never heard before. As the words came to life within my mouth…I began to see this moment, as a time when God was relaying a message of love and hope to me…one that only remained with me, until that storm had passed by.
One thing I truly believe; is that God knows His own and will do anything to come to that person, during a time of need. Many times people don’t experience His presence because they may be praying for help; but not truly looking for God to come to them, in their hour of need.
You know…a heart that craves God, especially during the tough times…will become a heart that searches for God, until they have found Him...and once God sees the heart that is searching for Him…I have no doubt that He won’t break down every barrier or obstacle; to reach that person and allow them to truly experience the love they need…a love that will ease their moment of pain, while holding them close in His loving arms, until the storm has passed.
No matter what you’re facing today…don’t just ask God for His help; but also anticipate His presence…and I’m sure you will come to find Him, right in the midst of your storm. Remember one thing…God is there, and He’s in everything that surrounds you!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…