The first email I read this morning was from a friend who was up in the middle of the night, having so much heartache. I sent her back encouragement and it struck me that what I shared might be encouraging to others. In this case, I was also exhorting myself. I trust this will bring encouragement to you, whatever you are facing….
Oh my friend, I know this is one tough valley again, and you have been in it for a long time. My confidence and conviction for you is, THIS WILL PASS, this season of stress and the price you are paying. IT WILL PASS. Light will come and God will intervene. I know God is going to bring you answers. Even when you feel such weakness, God knows how to push the right provision to you. He is a master at this. This is why we constantly look up and away from what we see to what we don’t see. We never know HOW, we seldom know WHEN, but our God is faithful. Every day we are all facing trials, some almost too heavy to bear, and still, we watch Him come to us. Yesterday I was reading this:
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. Therefore we do not lose heart, Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor. 4:7-11, 16 NIV
This entire passage could be about you right now. Much pain and anguish you have had, still, your glory and the anointing have only grown upon your beautiful life. Provision has come to you, ample provision, yes pain, but also PROVISION. It has been amazing to watch really. It was not fun for the Israelites to wander in the desert all those 40 years, but WHEN THEY CAME OUT, they got fields they did not plant and houses they did not build. They came out and into abundance. So will you.
We are challenged to constantly look at what is unseen. In FAITH we expect miracles. Two weeks ago I put a saying in a silver frame on our little ledge by the kitchen sink, it simply says this: WE BELIEVE IN MIRACLES. This is what our family needs right now, the constant reminder that in spite of what doctors are telling us, regardless of how our son feels, we refuse to be moved by what is seen. WE HAVE FIXED OUR EYES UPON JESUS, WHO FOR THE JOY BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS. Yes he despised the shame, just like you despise so much of what you are in right now, still, you and Jesus and the Lewis family are UNMOVED by the here and now. Jesus was looking up ahead, and so are we.
Ron and I were both up a lot last night, sleepless nights are hard, but we keep saying, this is just a season. And so it is for you. I KNOW MY GOD and He never fails, He does all things well, and HE KNOWS what is best, what we need, what the world through our hands needs. So we throw ourselves unabashedly upon Him, at His feet, under His wings, 100% reliant upon His interventions and miracles. WE BELIEVE IN MIRACLES. Yours are coming my beautiful friend, I am watching and waiting with you…..