Bekah's Heart

One of THOSE days

Have you ever had one of THOSE days… I think you know the kind I’m talking about:

Those days when nothing bad really happens, but from the moment your feet hit the floor (and perhaps before) you realize everything is going to be a battle.

Those days when it seems Satan got a head start on the day… on your heart.
Where every lie, distraction, or frustration possible makes it in, and God’s request for us to “guard your heart” (Prov 4:23) becomes harder with each passing moment.
Oh you want to believe the truth: you are beautiful, you are enough, you are Mine! But each truth seems to be countered with a million lies.

Those days when you’re in the Word and you’re in prayer but the battle still just feels too big.

Those days when you long for the comfort and care of another human being and God says, “look to me” Yet we fight against that, telling God, “that’s not good enough.”

Those days when God shows up in amazing, perhaps even miraculous ways, and our response is all too often… “Thanks, God, BUT…”

Those days when the only way to describe yourself is as “in a funk”… unsure of what that means, how you got there, nor when or how it will end.

Those days when finally, you turn to God and say, “I JUST CAN’T FIGHT ANYMORE!”
And He simply replies, “I will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Ex 14:14)

 

Slowly, THAT truth is one you can hold onto, one you can trust, one you can rest and wait in until the funk passes…

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but 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.” (Isaiah 40:28-30)

 

And the paradox rings true in Christ: our strength builds in giving up.

The battle is too big … for me to fight alone. But our God is the everlasting God, the Creator of the earth… nothing is too big for Him.

31 Days of Hope

Hope {Day 11} – “The Rest of the Story”

I remember moments sitting in the car as a little girl when mom would suddenly reach over and change the radio dial from whatever station it was on (normally one of the Christian radio stations) to KFDI, the country station in Wichita.  She didn’t turn the station because of the music really;rather, mom knew that at the top of the hour, KFDI would broadcast the news and weather forecast.  Normally, as soon as mom got the information she wanted, the station would switch back, but sometimes it would get left and we’d end up listening to Paul Harvey giving us “The rest of the story.” 

 

Being that it’s Day 11 of this journey to discover and blog about HOPE for 31 days straight I was starting to wonder if I’ll have enough to write about for 20 more days… I couldn’t even think about what to write about today.  Then, suddenly as I was praying with a friend on the phone tonight, a new thought about hope emerged and it has to do with “the rest of the story.” 

 

The concept of battles in life has been on the forefront of my mind especially with Pastor’s sermon series about battling in prayer.  Tonight as I battled in prayer with a sister in Christ for another sister who’s struggling, I suddenly had a renewed sense of hope in the situation: 

 

I believe we can find hope in the midst of whatever battles we face because WE ALREADY KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY!  It’s kind of like reading the end of a book first.  We know the outcome but still go back and read the whole book wondering how the plot twists and turns to get us to that point.

 

In the battles of life, we may not know how long the enemy will fight.  We may not know the suffering that will take place in the midst of the struggles, but we do know that Jesus has ALREADY secured the victory for us!

 

John 16:33 tells us, “In this world, you WILL have trouble, BUT TAKE HEART! I have overcome the world.”

 

We have an overcoming Savior.  Jesus already battled the greatest battle ever fought on the cross.  He fought against the enemies of Sin, Death, and the Devil, and overcame.  And as we share in his suffering, we also share in his victory!

 

So when we find ourselves in the battles of life, we can find HOPE in the fact that we already know “the rest of the story.”  And though we may not know the twists and the turns ahead of us, we do know our outcome is secure in Christ. May that provide REST IN the story!