Hello everyone…and a “Happy Tuesday” to you all! I hope that your day has been going well…and even more, I pray that you are experiencing God…Amen!
Well…today has been a pretty nice day! In fact…it’s been cool, with a breeze in the air, which made it nice for prepping my dinner this morning.
Even before coming into the office, I’ve been thinking on something that I haven’t thought of in quite some time. As I was washing my face this morning, I was reminded of a small scar that remains from when I was a young girl. You see…my brother and I had been sledding down our road after an ice storm and even before going down the hill, I said… “Ok Don, should I go straight or turn, when I get down to the bottom of the hill”…and he said, “go straight.” I do remember mentioning to him that the ditch that I was about to cross didn’t look quite frozen; but he still seemed to think that everything would be alright. Yeah…it was alright for sure…as I went through a somewhat frozen ditch…and as I passed through the waters…all I could see was ice flying on each side of my face, as my nose plowed through that supposedly frozen ditch…lol.
Anyways, as I was thinking back to those moments this morning; God was reminding me that this scar was truly a sign that I had overcome those painful moments of the past. You know…each day, we need to remind ourselves that the hard and difficult times we face and overcome…become scars that aren’t meant to remind us of defeat; but rather of God’s faithfulness.
As I look deep within my own heart today, I see many scars that came about through the hurtful and healing moments of the past; but even though those moments weren’t always easy…and even though they don’t contain good memories; those scars on the heart do remind me of a God who has always remained faithful in my life.
A couple of Bible verses that have truly stuck with me over the years are found in Lamentations 3:22-23 and we read… “Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23) They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
You know…even though a scar remains deep within us, from the moments that brought us pain or great heartache; these scars are there to remind us that we weren’t consumed or defeated within the moments that once seemed so hopeless…and even now, as we face some different and difficult days, we can live with the hope that God is not only faithful to us but that His love and compassion for us becomes new every morning. In fact…as I was sitting here this morning…beginning my day, I was thanking God for bringing me a new dawn…one where I could begin again. You see…yesterday was a good day; but not quite up to its best, due to pain; but as I sat here this morning…a new hope overflowed my heart…a hope that was reminding me that yesterday was gone and a new beginning had now arrived.
No matter what you may be facing…or no matter how difficult of a life you’ve had; these scars and new beginnings are God’s way of loving and reminding us that He has and will ALWAYS be with us, even to the very end…so don’t give up; but rather focus on the One who has always been there for you, even when you didn’t seem to feel His presence at the moment.
As we close our time together today, just remember that nothing can defeat you or consume you…for the God that is looking out for you; is the God who has control over all things in your life…and nothing or no one can supersede His awesome power.
You know…I have come to see that it’s at times like these; that we just need to look at the scars that are buried deep within us…scars that remind us of where a powerful God had once been…and scars that will also become a reminder to us; that this same God will once more become faithful, for the difficult moments we are now facing.
Have a great day in the Lord…and many blessings on your day!
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