What I failed to mention in the title is the fact that the target audience for this post is really just me. I don’t know if you read my blog much but a week ago I posted about God’s perfect timing and waiting on Him to answer our prayers (read here for the whole story). Well, today we got His answer but it wasn’t the one we were hoping for so naturally we are finding ourselves a bit discouraged. So I want to write myself a little letter, a pep talk of sorts.
Dear discouraged heart (or myself),
I know right now the Lord has answered your prayer and in a way in which you may not have expected and wanted. But, let us take heart in the Lord and His promises. Perhaps when you are feeling so discouraged and on the verge of making yourself a nice big pity party we can remember the life of Job and instead find the things we have to be thankful for in life. If your heart is like mine and discouraged then I know this is probably the last thing you want to hear. The few people I have spoken to or chatted with today have all been so loving and encouraging telling me that, “God has something great planned for you”, “Everything will work out”, “God’s timing is perfect”. I know these words are true and they should bring comfort and assurance but when you really just feel so trapped and in the pit of despair these words just feel so void. But, I don’t want to allow my discouragement to get the best of me, I want the Lord to work in me during this time and in order to be successful in this I believe I need to get into the Word and be reminded of just how Good my Lord is and that He is my Provider, and Portion and that He will Sustain us.
“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
1 Peter 1:6-9
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
Though we may find ourselves in a discouraging season in our lives it is so encouraging to open up the Word of the Lord and know His promises still remain and that He is true to His word and loves us dearly. We can’t forget my absolute favorite verse Jeremiah 29: 11 which says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” We serve a Good God who loves us, every single one of us. He is a personal God and cares for us and just as it hurts us to see our child hurting, it grieves the Lord to see His children hurting and struggling. We are never alone, the Lord is always right there with us and He does have a plan for you (me and my family).
I want to leave you with the words of John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Your sister in Christ,