The past week has been challenging to say the least. Friday night while heading home my cell phone was snatched out of my hands by someone who took off into the night. Over the past week I have experienced so many emotions: shock, anger, fear, frustration, hypervigilance …you name it. Thankfully I wasn’t hurt. Though it was a material possession that is replaceable while my life isn’t, there was still the feeling of being violated that lingered. Needless to say I am being challenged and stretched and learning many lessons.
Sometimes you have to sit with Jesus and let him hold you when you have no words to say. The beauty of it all is that He loves for us to be present and sit with Him. He is our greatest Comforter in times of need. His presence alone brings power and healing. His presence supersedes anything words could ever say. I am so grateful that the Holy Spirit that intercedes for me on my behalf. (Romans 8:26)
Sometimes your friends will give you wise counsel that you just don’t want to hear in the moment. Pray for them, forgive them, and give the situation to Jesus. Take their advice. I am thankful that God has surrounded me with mighty prayer warriors who challenge me to grow, give wise counsel and don’t just tell me what I want to hear. (Proverbs 19:20)
Sometimes in order to show forgiveness and grace to those who hurt you, you might need more help from God than you would like to admit. Turning the other cheek is not easy, but God never said it would be. I am so grateful that God understands and is willing to guide me by the hand to have a heart of forgiveness. I am grateful for the reminder that I, too, am forgiven. (Ephesians 4:32)
And sometimes it takes all you have to express that your heart really doesn’t want to forgive – and to ask God to change your heart anyway. I am thankful that He is willing and able to give me a heart of flesh instead of heart of stone so that I can love more like Him. (Ezekiel 26:36)
In case you need a reminder this week, God is loyal. When the enemy of this world steals, kills, and destroys, God gives us life more abundantly (John 10:10). God works ALL THINGS together for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). In Christ we are no longer victims, but we fight from a place of VICTORY (1 Corinthians 15:57). When you are feeling wronged, the Word is a great place to hang out. And sometimes it helps to pray in color at 2 am in the morning. 🙂
Photo credit: The Time Garden: A Magical Journey and Coloring Book by Daria Song (free downloadable pages here)