Today has been difficult. The Lord is testing me in particular in some very specific areas...and it is so hard. The unknown scares me, change is never something I welcome with eagerness...and here I find myself facing the unknown and change. Graduation, marriage, independence, a job in full time ministry, raising support, my job this summer....all of these things are requiring so much faith in my Heavenly Father right now.
I am overwhelmed but not without hope, I have been thinking on this verse today a lot, "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies." 2 Corinthians 4:9-11. There are so so many promises in the Scriptures that the Lord will deliver us, provide for us, tend to our needs, hear us when we call...and in these promises I can rest, and truly be at peace despite the unknown and the change.
Praising His name for the growth that Ben and I will experience in the days and months ahead, because growth does come through difficulty --Psalm 119:71.
He is so good my friends, and so worthy of utmost trust and surrender. May we never allow circumstances to cause us to lose sight of that truth.
Here are just a few other verses about the Lord's provision and promises from a study I went through with my bridesmaids at my bachelorette weekend...
Isaiah 42:5- He gives breath and spirit to us
He WILL do what He promises! Hallelujah, what a Savior!