Good evening everyone…and how has your Friday been? Today, I took the day off…and stayed on the daybed in my office, where I could remain off my foot.
As I was relaxing…I was thinking back to the many laid up…post op days…and I can tell you; that these kind of days can sometimes seem worse to me, than an actual surgery…because each day of recovery only seems to be a reminder, as to what is really taking place in my life. Even as I hobbled to the bathroom on the walker…to get around for the evening, I was feeling a little low; but then God stepped in and reminded me; that these days won’t last forever. As I’ve been sitting here…thinking on that; my thoughts were also being taken to a road that can sometimes seem hopeless, when we come to a dead end. After all…where are we going to go from there…and when will we find something better, than what we are experiencing at the time…but then a glimpse of hope began to shine through all these thoughts…and from there…God began to remind me that when we are on the road that will eventually take us to a place called Heaven; then all hope isn’t gone; because even though we suffer now…this road will eventually find its end and lead us to a place, where we will be eternally free, from any form of suffering.
As I entered my office this evening…God was taking my thoughts back to a poem that I wrote about 17 years ago…just after coming through some of the worst times of my life…and I would like to share it with you this evening. It’s titled, “Meeting an Old Friend for the First Time”...and it goes like this…
“I remember the days when I would sing to You…my loneliness would soon go away; or just to tell You all my feelings, would lift my load and make a better day. I knew You were always with me, when I would cry to You in pain; that’s when I felt your arms around me…reassuring me…that You were working, to restore me back again. And when I saw the little things; that You would always do; it was a reminder that You loved me, as I loved you too! And now when we meet for the very first time, Your face I will finally see. I will meet the One who was always my friend; even though I didn’t always see it, as something that was meant to be. As I approach you Lord, my lifetime friend…I realize I have no pain; I also feel the loneliness leave, as a different kind of strength I now gain. Your arms I felt around me, are now very real; Your touch that drew me to Your side…I can once more feel. My Friend, as You reach for my hand, I can’t describe what I’m feeling, as we begin to walk; sweet and gentle words keep surrounding me, as I listen to You talk. And now, as You lead me to a beautiful place, I think back to the things that You always would do; and now You want us to be friends forever, in this home you’ve built brand new. Happy tears begin to flow…realizing the pain and loneliness we shared, will never more be; I then turned to my friend, with a great big smile…and said, “I love you, Jesus…thanks for choosing me!”
You know…sometimes we just need some words of hope, to keep us walking down that path; that can sometimes seem endless. I thank God tonight…that no matter what we face…He’s always there to lift us back to our feet and draw us even closer to Him.
No matter what you’re facing right now…and no matter how long you’ve been walking down this path of affliction…don’t give up; because when we know Jesus…the path will find it’s end…and that end will be in Heaven…a place, where we will never experience anything this hurtful again…praise Him!
Well…I truly hope and pray that no matter what you may be facing tonight; that you will leave this writing, with a piece of hope to hold tightly to, as I have tonight. Always know that God’s got you…and He loves you so much…and no matter what storm you’re facing…He will never abandon you or leave you as an orphan in the storm…for He will come to you…I know!
Have a good night of rest…and may God’s peace be with you, as you rest! Take care and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow!
Goodnight & God bless!
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