The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,and the day of vengeance of our God;to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
Not going to lie: I can probably count on one, maybe two hands of the really good things that have happened in my life. Most likely one hand. I have spent the better part of my life mourning some kind of personal hurt, rejection or the loss of some of my physical well-being, if not even my youth. I can remember feeling a lack of worth from a very young age.
I try to not allow it to get to me. I try to remain positive–that God will use all of it for good. Because as an adult (not so much as a child, and definitely not while I was a backslidden young adult), I have been given the opportunity to see God use a lot of my hurts and past in a fruitful way. For that, I am very grateful.
We all have our personal struggles, but God will see us through.
When people in our lives cause us to believe we are not worthy of their love or of anything use…He says and shows otherwise.
When we mourn the tangible or intangible losses in our lives; when we are at the bottom of our personal pit, God has an answer.
He will turn all of the muck…all of the ashes that lay in heaps at our feet into beauty–whether the beauty be used to bless us or others.
It is because God does those things that I know He is real.
If you push “rewind” on the movie of your life, and you see your present as a resolve of the past…then you will see it, too.
Have a blessed week.