Yesterday morning I was sitting on a lovely deck overlooking a beautiful small lake. The idyllic scene was so refreshing. I had to ignore the less savory things like the previous night’s trash and the cigarette butts and cans just under the water’s surface. Instead I chose to enjoy the geese swimming along, the birds flying through the air and the expanse of the water. It was lovely. Soon I was joined by several women and the laughter and joy rang through the air.
Oh beloved, don’t look too close at the less savory things of life. Focus instead on the beauty that God gives you along the way. People’s words can be so harsh and if you focus on those words you will find yourself unable to enjoy anything else. God knows your heart. He understands you and He has much empathy for your pain. He’s not indifferent to the ugly truth of life, but He wants you to put your eyes on Him. He wants to make you stronger in the process. He has every loved one in His hands. He has heard every prayer and every gut wrenching hope that He would clean up the shoreline and make things new. Don’t count Him out yet. Even the words you may hear can change in a moment. Even the plans you know about can suddenly make a turnaround. Yes you made sacrifices that you hoped would clean up the things under the surface, but you’re still looking and it’s all there.
God says to you this morning the shift is coming. Be open to the change. Be available to Him in prayer. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop hoping. Don’t stop knowing God’s perfect ability. He will see you through and no matter what He will never leave you nor forsake you.
God loves you and He’s for you. He loves to clean up messes and retrieve stolen dreams. Rejoice that you have Him above all things. And remember He will never disappoint you for His ways are best. Trust Him and thank Him before the clean-up and live in the light of His faithfulness.
Psalm 109:31 For He stands at the right hand of the needy, To save him from those who judge his soul.
Psalm 27:4 The one thing I ask of the LORD–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.