This morning, I was feeling pretty low.
Snoring has been interfering in part with my sleep pattern, I was feeling lonely, achy and crampy this morning.
If I had spoken, it would have likely been grouchy before 8 am. Not my usual early bird chipper.
So I posted the following to my personal Facebook page, because I knew I needed some additional prayer support as I prepped to head into work:
It has been a real roller coaster of emotion & health the past four daze (spelling intentional) for the gals of our family. Please pray, that through it all, we can keep hearing our Shepherd’s voice, and know that we know that we know He is with, and for us. (Keeping it honest, and as real as we can while still keeping it private. We are okay, just rattled!)
All day, I have had brief messages in reply, letting me know I am being prayed for, and reassuring me that God is with me.
One timely post in particular, Isaiah 43:1-4, caught my full attention. God used it to remind me how I can rest in His Presence, and soak in the hope I have in Him:
Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
trade the creation just for you. )MSG)
God brought the following to mind out of this passage as i pondered it over my day:
1. I have no need to fear: I am His. Set free. Called by name, personally,
2. God is holding my head above the waters as I look to Him. My life preserver.
3. There is no dead end ahead of me, for God is with me. Always present.
4. The cost has been covered in full for me. Paid for.
5. I am adored by God. He loves me. Passionately.
6. There is nowhere I can go where He would not move the whole world to get me back. Pursued.
My God is Personally involved with me.
Preserved my life. Paid the debt for my freedom.
Ever present, He passionately pursues me,
Am i ever alone?
Lonely is a feeling, not a location.
God’s word says He is always with me.
An eternal God, everywhere in every time, forever.
Despite my feelings, i can trust in the truth and character of the God I know.
May you be encouraged to be real with Him, ask for support when you need it from those you trust around you, and sink deep into the Word to lift your spirit again.