They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
Psalm 112:7 (NIV)
OK, so let me just give you a disclaimer and say that this post is a little bit of a downer; but, I hope you’ll keep reading and don’t stop here.
Some seasons are tough. And, while we know that the LORD will bring fruit from it, when we’re in that messy middle, it doesn’t feel very good.
I have a friend who teaches a large Bible study and she said something one day I’ve never forgotten: “We’re all either in a storm, have just come out of a storm or a storm is coming.” As much as I didn’t like hearing that, I knew it was true.
But when the storm comes and bad news assails us, we have a promise that we don’t need to be afraid. If our lives are surrendered to Jesus and His plans, then this news isn’t going to shake us. Oh, it’s likely to hurt BADLY and leave us (temporarily) in a dark place, but we don’t have to be fearful. We can trust the LORD that He will walk with us and bring us through this trial.
My sweet daughter, Kaitlin, went to live in heaven almost seven years ago. There are no words to describe the pain of that and likewise, no words to adequately say how beautifully the LORD revealed Himself to this broken momma.
One conversation with a dear friend shortly after this happened stands out in my mind. I had been walking with the LORD before this happened and had come to love His word and spending time with Him in prayer. I had gotten to know His character and His promises. This friend told me she was struck by how prepared I was to weather this storm and that even as grief stricken as I was, that I still had HOPE.
And y’all, this is nothing I did on my own. The LORD grew me strong in Him. He was my teacher, my Rabbi. He knew what was coming, and He did indeed prepare me.
We have a God who loves us more than we can fathom. He longs to pour out His blessings on us. It’s who He is and what He does. He can’t not do it. He gives us SO much and all we have to do is receive it. When we trust in Him, He shows up BIG and brings beauty from ashes.
And, now, I find myself in a place where bad news was delivered several months ago. My job has ended. I am actively seeking employment, but so far, that door has not opened. The peace the LORD is giving me in all of this is nothing short of a miracle, though.
When moments of discouragement come, I turn to Him and pray hard. One day, when I said, “LORD, I don’t see a way”, He told me that He “will make a way.”
Indeed, He will.
And, to Him, be the glory!!