Good morning, and welcome to His Encouragement Thursday! I don’t know about you, but Thursdays are my struggle day of the week. By Thursday, I have already been working hard at school and at home, and I just wish it would hurry up and be Friday already. LOL! I definitely need a little extra Jesus time on Thursdays.
Trisha, my blogger friend at Joy of Reading, and I decided on calling this post “His Encouragement” because our real source of peace, strength, and security can only come from Jesus Christ. He, and He alone, is our constant! We pray and hope that these Thursday posts become a real encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!
Today’s Thursday Encouragement comes from:
Psalm 66: 16-20 (ESV)
“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me!”
I’m emotionally wrecked right now. So much has changed, and is changing, in my life and I didn’t ask for any of it. I’m so scared and overwhelmed and shocked and dismayed that I genuinely don’t know what to say. I hate death. I hate cancer. I hate change caused by BIG, BAD, SCARY THINGS!
But that is not what this post is going to be about.
This post is a praise to God!
Let me tell you a short story…
The other day, I was in my kitchen and I was struggling. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. It was a Wednesday. Wednesday, June 6th to be exact. Saturday the 2nd, I found out about my friend, Tim, and his deadly accident. Monday the 4th, a few teachers and I put together a fabulous gathering at my school to honor Tim, but to also give us, his former students, and his family a place to grieve with one another. As far as events go, it was a smash! Tuesday the 5th, I took my BFF to another round of her cancer treatment, but then had to help check her into the ER because of a possible infection. By Wednesday the 6th, I was toast. So, when my husband said something to my daughter about Jesus coming soon to collect His bride, I lost it. Right there in the middle of my kitchen I broke down.
My husband and I have been talking about the Bride and Jesus coming for four years now. It’s not a new topic for us. For me and my family it is a well-know, beloved topic that we discuss with fervor regularly. But on this Wednesday morning, a little seed of doubt had niggled its way into my heart. You see, I have been praying for my best friend for over a year now, and things are not going my way. Add to that the death of my close friend, a brother really, and my defenses were down. Was God even hearing me? Have I been praying wrong? Is the rapture really real? How much longer do I have to wait with all this pain I am feeling?
I’m not proud, but I gave my husband what for right there, and I was a brat to Jesus. “Really?! He’s coming?! When?! And, what more BAD needs to happen before it will FINALLY be time to come get His totally broken Bride?!”
Yeah, not proud of those words…not even for one second. I immediately apologized to God, and to my husband and daughter. Then I burst into tears. I maybe cried for a good hour. Sometimes, things are too much. Sometimes, things are more than we can handle.
BUT, here’s the coolest part of this really awful story. I kid you not, for the rest of the day every time I turned around there was God talking to me. From my daily Bible reading, to almost every sermon I happened to listen to that day, to the songs that came on the radio in my car, EVERYTHING was about Jesus’s Bride and His imminent return. By the end of Wednesday, I felt GOD right next to me. I knew a peace that day that I had never known before, and I am convinced more now than ever that Jesus’s collection of His Bride is very, very real!!!
How does this all tie in to Psalm 66:16-20? Because God heard me that day. I do believe God hears me every day, but on Wednesday, June 6th, God totally heard the anguish within me and HE came to me. HE was not willing to lose me. It’s so hard to explain, but that’s what I felt all day long. HE didn’t want to lose me. HOW AMAZING IS THAT?! So today, I am proclaiming what God has done to my soul. I am SHOUTING His praises. GOD IS SO GOOD!!! Jesus’s words from John 10:28 are SO true: “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” I may be totally sad right now, but no one is taking me from my Abba, my Savior, my Holy Spirit!
NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN!
WHAT BIBLICAL VERSE IS ENCOURAGING YOU TODAY?
And, check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Becca @ The Becca Files