Today is my birthday, and yet, the past few days have been filled with heartache. A dear cousin of mine was a victim of senseless violence in New Orleans. The war against Israel has been on my heart and the persecution of Christians truly just sickens me. And, please let me not forget to mention the alleged execution of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri deeply saddens me. And to be quite frank with you, I miss my brother like crazy. My heart has been filled with sorrow and I've been praying nonstop and leaning on the Lord who is our strength when we are weak. There's much more going on in the world, I know-- even with many of you who are reading this. I'm praying God comforts and restores joy.
I know it.
Pain is real and this fallen world constantly spews it all around us. But through it all-- all the mourning.. all the crying... all the aching-- I'm going to choose to dwell in "the secret place." I'm choosing to abide in the shadows of the Almighty. I'm choosing to remember God's faithfulness. I'm choosing to linger in His gracious truth-- the fact that He is real and is sovereign and well aware. He is in control. Amen?
Join me as I consider this...
- His grace. (is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 2:19)
- His love. (is everlasting. Psalm 100:5)
- His compassion. (never fails. Lamentations 3:22)
- His truth. (is a shield. Psalm 91:4)
- His long-suffering. (is abundant. Numbers 14:18)
- His strength. (is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9)
This is where I linger today. Will you join me?