“You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth.” Psalm 71:2
“I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.” Psalm 30:1
“He delivers me from my enemies; Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man.”
“He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the needy from the ash heap…” Psalm 113:7
“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” Psalm 40:2
Hello everyone…and a big welcome this week, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad you stopped by today…and my prayer for you; is that you will find a piece of hope to hold to, as we spend this time together…hope that will truly help you to rise above the despair in your life!
As I look back on my life, I remember a journey that took me through much pain and deep heartache. As depression set in…on top of all the surgeries I was facing, while being counseled for a past sexual abuse; I began to see this journey taking me into a swampy dark wilderness. These difficult moments I walked through actually made it seem, as if I was being surrounded by a dense forest, where long strands of dark moss hung from the trees. With each step I took…fear set in, as I just didn’t know how I would ever be able to find my way out of this wilderness. It seemed that every time I tried to walk away from one specific spot within this wilderness of deep despair; I would find myself right back, to where I first began. As I sat there looking around, with no hope in sight; I began to cry and call out to Jesus for help. I truly believe that this was the moment, when I had finally let go; so He could take over.
Within a short time…Jesus came to me and took me in His loving arms and lifted me, out of fear and the moments that had attempted to take me down to nothing. As He lifted me high above these moments of despair; His strength became perfect in my weakness, as He gently led me out of the wilderness; that I had been lost in, for so long.
As I began to see the light of day, while leaving the dark moments of despair behind; I began to feel as if we had entered a beautiful meadow…a place that was at the base of a huge mountain…and the more we traveled together; it was as if I was now climbing that mountain with Him. No matter how tiresome the journey was; Jesus was right there, to walk through it with me…for now, I was no longer alone…walking aimlessly in circles.
Once we had left the wilderness of despair behind; to climb a mountain that had truly taught me to trust Jesus all the way; we were now approaching the top of that huge mountain…and as I looked at Jesus…within my mind’s eye; it was as if He wanted to show me something…and as I looked down; to the place that He was pointing to…He reminded me, as to how far He had brought me…for now, I was no longer lost in the wilderness of despair that was now below me; but I had been found and led safely to a place, where I would no longer have to live in bondage.
This story only gives you a glimpse into my life…and the hardships and struggles I’ve faced. No one but God will ever know or understand the life I’ve truly lived, for so many years…and even to this day…the journey continues on. Yes…I am free from the wilderness; but there have been more rugged mountains to climb…and more lessons to learn; but one thing I can tell you for sure; is that Jesus has journeyed all the way with me…and has carried me through times; that I never thought I’d survive.
No matter what you’re facing today…don’t walk these difficult roads alone. Call out to Jesus and let Him carry you through the times, where you are just too weak to walk on your own. One thing I know for sure…when we let go and let Jesus walk us through these troubling times; we will be set free, from the wilderness of despair.
Many blessings on your day!
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."