Good morning and happy 2017, beloveds. Already, the year has been hard for me...in my small circle a son will bury a father, and a father will bury a son. Not 5 days into the new year and already reasons to be discouraged....but God.
During hard seasons, we can find ourselves focusing upon all that feels wrong or out of balance. The call to restoration challenges us to find the balance. between joy and despair, between lamenting what has gone wrong with seeking His Goodness in all that is right...it is never easy.
This year my #OneWord365 is SALT. An odd choice for some, but a fascinating journey for me to undertake, an exercise in balance. Too much is not good, too little is certainly unacceptable....and that is our focus in prayer and conversation today. Where are you out of balance? What area of your temple, either literally or otherwise, requires a little more or a little less attention, seasoning, scrutiny?
It is so simple to challenge or even curse God when things don’t go our way....I understand my friend saying farewell to the earthly father that gave him life, nurtured him into ministry, holding his hand and his heart...but for an already grieving father, who on the anniversary of the sudden and unanticipated death of his beloved wife to say goodbye to the child that could not seem to bear life without his mother?
Lord, I incline towards Your Promise in Jeremiah 29:11, not because I am seeking anything, but because I trust You when You whisper in my ear...”I know the plans I have for you...”
Lord, we trust You. Even when life gives us every reason to question, to rail against Your Will, to curse our circumstances, we will trust because of Your Promises. Teach us balance. Teach us perspective. Teach us hope through all circumstances. May we be continually restored to You. May we be reminded that in an often troubling and fearsome world, You are our Source. You are Our Comforter. You are Home.
Let us be restored not only physically, but refreshed spiritually, today and every day, in Jesus’ Name.