This morning I woke up with one of my classic chronic fatigue days. I haven’t had too many of those lately, so I guess I was overdue for one. I’ve felt weak, somewhat myalgic, and exhausted all day long (not complaining, just reporting with a purpose).
I laid in bed for a while after I woke up and prayed and thought and started having ideas for a blog post. I knew I needed to get them down, but I didn’t have the energy to go get my phone. Eventually I dragged myself out of bed, got my phone, went back to bed, and voice wrote the majority of my thoughts, but then I was too tired to finish the post.
I got up and took my temperature (just in case); it was 97.5, normal for me. Next, I had a small brunch, including some caffeine (which did not help), and had pleasant interaction with my teens in the kitchen. Then I went back to bed and started voice writing this post.
Even in my weariness, I feel the joy and the peace of the Lord surrounding me when I think about Him.
It’s so great to know that God is with us whether we’re dancing on the mountain top or lying on the bed with Him sitting beside us and holding our hands.
I think we need to be careful not to equate His love with our always feeling well or always having everything we want.
Sometimes He shows us His love by
- sitting by our hospital bed,
- carrying us over a rough spot,
- guiding us through the fog,
- speaking words of reassurance to our heart,
- walking with us through the darkness,
- or making sure the flood does not overflow us.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.” Isaiah 43:2 NASB
So today, whether you are quarantined, or working in the medical field exposed to the virus, out of a job and wondering where the money is going to come from, or sick, or any other number of trials that may have come upon you, you can know that God is with you even if you don’t see or feel His presence. You can know that He is good and that He loves you!
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV
May you feel His love and peace today in the midst of it all. And may you praise Him from your heart for His goodness and for all the good things that still are in your life!
Today I’m thankful that God is with us in our trials!
I’m thankful that His joy and peace are available no matter how bad the storm outside may be.
I’m thankful that He is able and willing to provide all of our needs!
I’m thankful that He carries us when we are too weary to go another step.
I’m thankful that He guides us when we cannot see the way.
What about you? Have you been wondering where is God in all of this trial? Are you willing to believe the above promises from God’s word? How have you experienced Him carrying you through difficulties when you couldn’t make it on your own?