There are times in life that are stormy and dark, when every heart feels beyond hope.
Times when we’re overwhelmed by circumstances that startle and catch us off guard–circumstances that are right here, right now–dark and directly overhead.
No anticipation. No warning.
And we’re blinded by their presence and sideswiped by their consequences.
A lost job.
A dying friend.
A strained relationship.
A rebellious child.
A sick parent.
A lack of friends.
A rushed life.
A lonely heart.
And I get it.
I SO understand. And I’m right here with you in the midst of this muck and grime of reality. And I wish it weren’t so. For me and for you.
But it is.
It’s what we’ve got.
Really, to be honest, it’s what He gave.
Because He knows, with His help, we can do this.
Because He sees beyond our limited vision …
How this will refine and remake and renew us like nothing else can.
He sees. And He knows.
It is so hard to grasp it though–so hard to feel right in the midst of this chaos.
Because it isn’t right.
Feelings are not the dictators of our reality.
They can not determine what is true, nor can they decide what will be.
Our reality is, we are never beyond hope, never beyond grace, never beyond peace. And we are never beyond joy.
Because everything is from Him and through Him and to Him.
Everything is a gift. And although it may not feel like a gift, it’s not our feelings that get to decide.
For me, in the midst of this muck and grime of my own, I’m choosing today to acknowledge that I don’t really understand. To acknowledge that this stinks and how I’d rather not go through it at all.
But God stretches and strums, and our emptiness can sing when we choose to give a sacrifice of thanks. When we choose to die to self and acknowledge that our way may not be the best way.
So I’ll be the music and offer praise and today, I’ll give thanks anyway … give thanks for this it-doesn’t-feel-like-a-gift gift.
And as I do I’ll pick up His gift of joy.
Joy that transcends even this.
Will you join me?
Are you feeling beyond hope?
Is your heart struggling today?
What are you choosing to give thanks for anyway?
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