As I'm sitting here this morning…beginning this letter of encouragement to you, I have felt the need to leave you with some thoughts over the weekend that can give you hope, while facing whatever you may be going through at this time. The other night, as I was thinking on the needs of others, I began to see how there are just so many hurts in this world right now. You know…even though we all experience our own hurt; that doesn't mean that one remedy can't fix them all; for it says in Luke 18:27b… "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
As I look back on the many hurts that have taken place over my lifetime, I remember moments when I just didn't feel that I would ever come through them; but now, as I see those moments in a different light…I also see how I felt so disheartened at the time, because I was viewing then through a human eye, rather than through the way God was viewing them. Now, I truly see that while I was standing in the fiercest storm ever…one that I thought would never pass; God was actually ahead of the storm, where He was making a way for me to enter the sunshine of a new day once more.
You know…it's amazing to me, as to how we seem to instantly view our problems as something that could defeat us. We get so caught up in every symptom of the problem; that before we realize it, we have allowed that problem to not only tell us a story of what is happening at the time; but we also seem to jump ahead and visualize what the ending might be. We must realize that this is not the story God is revealing to us; but rather, this is the story of what Satan wants us to believe…and if he can get us to believe it; then that is when we will be brought low, where he can easily enhance the problem and make it seem even worse.
The other day, I was so overtired and when I get overtired, I don't always see things with the right frame of mind. In fact, there can be no problem with something I'm working on at the time; but yet, it can attempt to make me believe that it could be a problem. You see…this is how Satan works through weakness. He begins by afflicting us with a problem, at a time when we are the most vulnerable; but he doesn't stop there. In fact, he has to keep that affliction alive, in order for his scheme to succeed, so what does he do…he enhances the problem that he once afflicted us with, by working with our thoughts…and one of the ways that he does this; is to make us believe that the problem will eventually defeat us…or even bring us to destruction; so this is why we should only have our thoughts open to God, while facing times such as these.
While sitting here…thinking even more on this right now, I am seeing that we can either focus on God, and how He is going to lead us out of the storm, or we can allow our imaginations to run wild, while Satan fills in the blanks. The hope that we can take from these thoughts; is that there is another option to focus on, while going through these tough times…and that would be to think even more on what God may be up to; for even though moments such as these can seem almost impossible for us to escape…it is possible with God…believe me, I know.
As I close this letter to you today…what we need to remember, is that the problem is a form of weakness and we are also weak while facing these times, so how can we fix or predict the ending to this problem, when we are just struggling to keep our heads above the troubled waters? I would say that the hope that could bring us through these times, would be to turn to One who is stronger than weakness…and the only One I know who is strong enough to lead us out of these fierce storms, would be Jesus Christ.
I sure have enjoyed my time with you…and as I finish this letter, I pray that we all with take hold of this hope and encouragement that God has blessed us with today, so we can find the strength to continue the journey set before us, until we once more enter the sunshine of a new beginning.
Well…it's time for me to move on into my day; but I sure hope that you will have a very nice weekend…and that you will return again on Monday, as I will have another letter of encouragement…waiting here just for you! Many blessings on your day!
With love & prayers…
It's Always & Only Because of Him…