This morning the Trail of Tears has been brought to my mind. These paths are where Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole Indians traveled in the 1830s being forced from their lands and relocated to Indian Territory, which is now Oklahoma. Some traveled in chains as prisoners and it was an excruciating trip with much negligence. Because of the horrendous circumstances many died along the way. Many of us had ancestors on that trek. Truly the many routes across Arkansas were rightly named Trail of Tears.
Oh beloved, God wants you to know this morning that your life is precious to Him! You may be experiencing hardship and feel that you are on your own trail of tears – in chains and almost all strength is gone. Your heart is languishing for lack of hope. You’ve been through such circumstances that you’ve even wondered where God is or if He really cares. He wants you to know this morning that you are on the Highway of Hope and will intersect with peace, joy, favor, purpose and rest! He is the God of Hope and you are in His hands. Even if you are traveling through the shadow of death, He is with you! You are the Apple of His Eye! You are the reason Christ went to the Cross! You are watched over, protected, cared for and held closely by the Lord always. The circumstances you are presently going through is not your destiny. And when you arrive at the Promised Land of God’s overcoming power it will be full of His glory! You are set for revival not just survival! Begin to rejoice in the midst of your situation and watch the land around you become lush and fruitful with His Spirit! Even in this present moment you can overcome the drudgery, sorrow and famine of Spirit. God is even now loosing the chains that hold you prisoner. He will loosen the chains of your loved ones as well. The spirit of sorrow and resignation that has held generations in prisons destined to walk in depression and fear is being loosed over your entire family and there is freedom even as you walk out of the tearful past and into the Hope filled Future!
God loves you and He’s for you! Keep praying all along the way. Keep rejoicing that your life is blessed and you are chosen, royal, holy, anointed and appointed! No weapon formed against you will prosper and you are free to live in love, joy and peace as you walk out of the circumstances and into His presence living in the Light of His Glory and Grace!
Deuteronomy 32:43 “Rejoice, O nations, with His people; For He will avenge the blood of His servants, And will render vengeance on His adversaries, And will atone for His land and His people.”
Psalm 31:7 I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness, Because You have seen my affliction; You have known the troubles of my soul,
Psalm 84:5 How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you!
Romans 8:37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors [a]and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. Amplified