Sunday, May 17, 2020

From My Heart To Yours

Sunday Blessings everyone. I awoke this morning with thoughts and feelings inside of me that I felt compelled to share. Sometimes I feel it's good to share because in sharing, we might just be able to help someone else who may be feeling the same way. Going through this Pandemic, one of the many things we have encountered is the slow down of life.  We've had more time to think, to ponder, to ask questions, to wonder about the why's.  I'm not just talking about the "virus" itself but of the many other things that may be happening within our lives right now.  A health crisis, the loss of a job, money issues, social distancing.  Our problems seem to amplify, to take center stage and we start to wonder where is God in all this?  Are you there God?  Where are you in my storm?  We find ourselves looking for answers and reassurance. I know I have.  I've begun searching the scriptures, reading, searching. I pulled out a book that I haven't looked at for some time, "Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On." by Stormie Omartian.  It opened to a page where I read the following...."We can be content right where we are no matter what state we are in--literally or figuratively--because He is there. (see Philippians 4:11)
When you are tempted to become fearful, frustrated, uncertain, or panicked about what is happening in your life, stop and see that God is in it.  And with Him, you have everything you need for this moment.  Here and now."      

 Now, while this gave me pause for thought, and it did help a little, I was still feeling less than adequate.  Going through the motions, still feeling overwhelmed.  Then the other day, I heard this song for the very first time.  It was almost like the words were written for me and I was supposed to listen. I did listen and I sat there and cried like a baby.  It seemed as if God wanted to remind me what deep down I already knew but couldn't seem to bring to the surface.    Jesus Was There.  He's always been there even when we can't feel His Presence.  As the song says...."He's there in the waiting, in the searching, in the healing and the hurting like a blessing buried in the broken pieces.  Every minute, every moment, where I've been and where I'm going, even when I didn't know it or couldn't see it.... There Was Jesus."

I was reminded no matter how dismal it is or what struggles may be weighing heavy on our hearts, we as Christians, have to remember Jesus is right there with us. We may fight, we may struggle, we may ask why, we may be angry, we may even turn away thinking it's all up to us to remedy the situation. But in our heart of hearts, we know the truth.  We know Jesus is there, we know we need to lean on Him, and to trust Him for we are His and He will take care of us. But we also know, being human, we will have to constantly remind ourselves just that everyday.  I don't know about you but I seem to listen more and have that "light bulb moment if you will" when God sends me a message unexpectedly. Not when I have to go searching for it but when a "song" or a "sign" or whatever it may be presents itself out of no where, like it was placed there just at the right moment where you would see it, hear it, listen to it, discover it, remember it.  So that is what I'm holding on to, God's promises, and I've been listening to this song everyday to remind myself.  I will put the link here for the song and I hope you will listen to it too and tuck those words in a safe place and when you need a reminder, pull them out.

There Was Jesus    Zach Williams, Dolly Parton

Love and Blessings,
Percival Church Blogger

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