Of Times I Forget

17 Oct

Resilience_RecoveryAt times I forget, of the One who made me; He who formed my purposes and ordains my steps. 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

It amazes me every time that I still learn new truths even after 16 years in this Journey. These are things that I have heard all my life but they finally sink in! Like this theory of praising in the storm; I use the word theory loosely because it is actually a truth. A mother one day told me that she prays to God that He would not remove trials from her children’s lives but that He would guide them through trials. I found that a bit hard to ingest and digest.

Then we read stories of Job, Daniel and his friends and Paul and we read through how they praised in the storm and I write them off as a special breed. But trials are necessary to build and refine our character. I find that it is at times like these that I grow closer to God like never before. And it is at my darkest point that He comes through and encourages me in a way that I understand.

…“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9

Then I find strength through the trial until it ends. I learn that resilience actually means praising through the storm.

…For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12: 10

At times when I hit my darkest lowest points and I cry out to God and ask for peace that surpasses understanding and He gives it to me. Then later I sit and ask for understanding, He reminds me that I have peace that surpasses all understanding, why would I then seek for a peace that comes from understanding. So I concede.

Every blessing you pour out

I’ll turn back to praise

When the darkness closes in

Lord, still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord


You give and take away

My heart will choose to say

Blessed be Your name

(Matt Redmann)


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