*Exciting news!* I’ve added a prayer at the end of this post so please join me in praying for you before you leave 🙂 (sorry I sound so tired I was in bed ahaha).. Okay, now to the main post:
I’m somewhat nervous and unsure about my future but not like you would think; because I’m also very expectant. One of the most wonderful things about being a Christian is the confidence it gives me; I could be staring death in the face – literally – and I would never be hopeless – ever. Why? Because of God.
Without trying to be all mysterious and vague, I’ve basically made a string of unwise decisions this year that have left me in quite a predicament. I’ve been in and through a spiral of depression and it’s been rough to say the least. I’d like to take a few seconds out to acknowledge my former housemate Mod *cries and laughs* he has witnessed first-hand what a season of discouragement looks like in my life and he stuck around to help me as best as he knew how. Thank you.
But that’s not the focal point of this post; carry on reading…
What I really want to emphasise is how crazy is it that in the midst of my mini life crisis I have seen and tasted more of God’s goodness than ever before? Literally! So I’m here today to share with you a few verses (NLT) that have especially applied to me in my circumstances this year. I hope you’ll be blessed 🙂
“I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
When God says He will make a way where there literally seems to be no way – believe Him! I now know this first hand; God has caused people to look upon me with favour when I least deserved it. I’ve flourished in areas of my life where employers and professors shouldn’t have even taken a second look at me. He made a path in the wilderness for me, and sprung up rivers of joy and hope in circumstances that threatened to crush me.
“The LORD hears His people when they call to Him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time. For the LORD protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken! // But the LORD will redeem those who serve Him. No one who takes refuge in Him will be condemned.” Psalms 34:17-20, 22
I can wholeheartedly say God is my favourite superhero. He doesn’t make all my problems go away or give me a cheat-pass in life – I still have to deal with the consequences of my actions. However, none of my bones are broken *laughs* ..I am still alive and well to tell this story. Painful – yes, but rescued from hopelessness – heck yes! I am convicted but I’m not condemned and my spirit is not crushed.
In every season, this following verse is my anthem!
“But now, Christina, listen to the LORD who created you. O Christina, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:1-2
You can’t tell me God isn’t good! Our lives as believers are never going to be a walk in the park – but God promises to preserve us! I get to say: “I walked through that fire but look at me – I wasn’t burnt!” – what a testimony.
“O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, He will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:19-21
When you and I turn from our wicked ways and poor choices; when we repent and ask God for help – He will surely respond to the sound of our cries. Not only will He forgive us, but He’ll also guide us in the right direction. The question is – will we listen to Him?