No one ever said it would be easy. No one said it would be fun all the time, or even most of the time. But what they do say is that when it's good it's really good. Or "he who laughs last laughs loudest". And "What's yours will not pass you by". Well, I'm anxiously awaiting the "good". Anticipating the "laughter". And waiting to receive "what's mine".
Got to say that this waiting part is no fun. Things I used to get excited about are starting to dwindle out of my minds eye. I'm trying my hardest to keep my expectations high. I can see myself slowly, slowly settling for less than what is mine. This is due to disappointment after disappointment. What's a girl to do?
Where there's hope, there's life. I've got a little bit of hope left inside me (somewhere).
Anyways, during my morning devotion this morning (Friday 21st October 2011), I felt like God spoke to me. Kinda felt like "oh, so You can hear my heart's cry then Lord". Cheeky, I know, but one thing I've learned about God is that He's mine. So He can handle me (my cheek included). I was reading UCB Word For Today and the title for todays Word was Getting to the Other Side. Realising that that's all I'm really trying to do, my ears tweaked a bit. I sat to attention and curiously read on.
That day when evening came, He said to His disciples, "Let us go over to the other side."
This happened just before Jesus calmed the storm.
...And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling (Mark 4:35-37).
The Word for Today reads (and I quote word for word):
'The devil doesn't want you to get through this storm and reach the other side.'
(And don't I know it.)
'He doesn't mind you going to church, singing in the choir or serving on the board;'
(This sounds like me right now.)
'he just doesn't want you to reach your God-ordained destiny.'
(Ain't that something. That crafty devil.)
'But (shame on you devil! There's a BUT!) what's waiting for you on the other side is worth everything you're going through at the moment.'
(These words spoke right to my heart. Thank You Lord!)
'You are up against a formidable opponent who knows God has a plan for your life. But (there's that word again devil) he cannot sink the man or woman who has Jesus on board with them, who prays and stays close to Him...'
Well, that was a wonderful reminder earlier, and it's just as invigorating reading it again now.
Needed to encourage myself today, and thought while I was at it, I'd encourage someone else.
Hope you're encouraged (if you needed it).
Be inspired with confidence. ;)
P.S. I then remembered this song by Michelle Williams. The lyrics are so fitting for how I feel/felt. You'll find your Purpose in Your Storm. ;)