Sometimes when I write, it might come out as depressing, or melancholy… defeated or beat up, complaining or disillusioned. I used to hold things in a lot, and back in my political writing days, I took out my frustrations on politicians and the usual stuff which was actually a good way to do it. As I get older, I find myself open a lot more about things that have gone or do go on in my life as a way to sort through things, but also always hoping that it might encourage someone else who might be going through tough periods. Autumn is a hard season for me these days. Pretty much everything from now until after Christmas just brings up too many memories, too many losses over the past 6 years and for many folks who’ve known too many griefs, the Holidays are hard.
I thought a lot about what to post for today’s porch, and all I could think about was promises. No matter how hard things are getting for so many of us, those of us who have put our trust and Hope in Jesus Christ are able to keep our eyes more on that Hope than what pain, grief, trials and storms hit us now.
It doesn’t make them go away, and it doesn’t make us forget or ignore, but it helps us get through… and helps us to continue the along the road and race that is set before us, no matter how many more hurdles, skinned knees, shattered hearts and weary souls lie ahead.
We are promised:
those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Jesus tells us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
He also tells us in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
One of my favorite Psalms- 37, in verses 23 & 24 it is written, The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
Philippians 4 tells us, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
According to James, we’re learning to persevere~ Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Psalm 23:4 reminds us, Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
We agree with Job when he states, I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
And Isaiah reminds us that God has promised, “Even to your old age . . . I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you”
And I love this from 2 Timothy, 4:8… for those who think it strange to long for Christ to come again, notice there is a crown of righteousness for all of us who do! Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
And finally, Romans 8:37-39 we are reminded, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Are you as weary as I am? Tired of so much in this world where the more people speak of tolerance and acceptance, there is more and more mean spiritedness, hate and anger? Grieved and hurt in your heart? Are your burdens wearing you down and the daily grind getting to be more of a treadmill you can’t keep up with? Take heart friends. We may not always be as encouraging sounding or full of joy out loud, but we do have that peace beyond all understanding because we know without a doubt that the pains we have are temporary, and that Jesus holds all things, God is in control of all things, and He loves you, so much. Cast your burdens on Him, and He will make it so you can have the strength to keep on until your race is won. We will win. And what a glorious finish line that will be!
And, YES! Get your toes tapping on this beautiful Sunday!
Have a blessed day all! And please share your church services with us today on this open porch Sunday!