This post has been written for the Five Minute Friday prompt: easy. Come join us at Kate Motaung’s Heading Home. It is also linked up to #GraceandTruth:
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.
A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd,
I [a]shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside [b]quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the [c]paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the[d]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no [e]evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You [f]have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 [g]Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will [h]dwell in the house of the Lord [i]forever.
Such a simple truth. “You are with me…” He has been, is and will be with us, His children, forever. Even when life is not easy, when it seems too hard to bear.
Babies will die before their first breath is even taken, or succum to the curse of disease outside the womb. And yet God still holds these precious children close to His heart, reviving and restoring unto wholeness the life that has been taken, in heaven above. And He is gently leading their parents forward. He will not leave or forsake their heavy, at times angry, grieving hearts. He will keep pursuing them in His mighty loving kindness, opening them to see and cling to His “goodness in the land of the living” and the Hope of wholeness to come.
Refugees will face one hardship after another, wondering when their hard will ever end. And yet, they will find their feet moving forward in a strength no longer their own. He will hedge them in from behind and before in Spirit-led prayer, encouraging and uplifting them through His gentle pursuit in the hands and feet of His Body. And they will yet sing and leap for joy, as His Spirit pours into the weary, broken crevices of their heart.
Daughters and sons, will feel their hearts heave with the weight of loss, of parents gone out before them. And yet they will feel His Love, compassion and kindness moving them forward. Joy and gladness will keep reaching deep into their gaping holes, as the buried seeds of hope watered in countless tears, begin to budd and sprout, revealing resplendent beautiful colour.
No, life will not be easy, but in the hard we will begin to see more and more of His mighty Presence at work within and through us, as He turns us toward Him. Just like He did for the two men on the road to Emmaus, He will keep opening our doubting hearts to see Him, precisely in the grief, the despair and the terribly hard to understand…
Father God, I yearn to keep seeing Your goodness in the land of the living, even in the inexplicable hard. Open my eyes to recognize You, again and again. Help me to release that which stops me from beholding You, so that I might receive that which You are holding out to me.
Abba Father, help me to see your goodness and loving kindness follow me and all Your children. Give me eyes to see and ears to both hear Your Word and live and move and have my being in it. And let me rest in the knowledge that You are with me and all Your children, and will be forever and always.
Guide me forward, Jesus, clothed in Your goodness and loving kindness. And let me pour it out onto those You long to bless. Let me be Your hands and feet, a vessel for Your Glory in this aching, weary world. Thank you, Jesus.
Isaiah 55:9-13New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
12 “For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
13 “Instead of the thorn bush thecypress will come up,
And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,
And [a]it will be a [b]memorial to theLord,
For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”
I am releasing Love Embraced, a book about my journey in and through suffering into God’s mighty arms on May 8th (Mother’s Day: in honor of her Mum, who passed into heaven on April 8th 2014, and God’s shining Light in her). For more information about Love Embraced: A Journey in and through Suffering, head on over to my author’s Facebook Page. My dear friend Emily Stephenson is also promoting the book with beautiful handmade jewelry, inspired by #LoveEmbraced. Below is an example of what you can find at The Wildflower Heart: