[Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light]
Monday morning I received some pleasant surprises: words of encouragement and a Sunshine Blogger nomination (I’ll be doing a separate post to address this very kind and encouraging nomination.)
I don’t know if these sweet people have any idea how much their acts of kindness touched me. They moved me to tears. When I told Andrew, I could barely get the words out. I knew immediately what I’d write next. (The title says it all.)
It’s easy to criticize or condemn. This makes encouragement something so special.
When I received the Sunshine Blogger Award, I was sitting on the sofa in my sunny yellow cardigan. I needed the encouragement! God is good; He shows up. We just have to recognize that He already has.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:18
I was trying to reply to my comments before we left for Andrew’s doctor’s appointment. I didn’t wake up feeling well. (I often don’t.) I was thinking about the post I’d written, about fighting out of the dark and into the light. I was pretty discouraged because I wasn’t in a fighting mood, and I was trying to figure out how I was going to tackle this day.
I’m learning so much in this roller-coaster season of life.
I love this, but it’s still challenging. I need encouragement as much as the next person, so every bit I receive is so very much appreciated.
It’s Okay to Be Weak (We ALL are.)
This is something I’m still trying to wrap my head around. Mainstream culture doesn’t appreciate weakness. Pride, as always, is behind this social stigma. Nobody wants to be seen as weak, and not everyone is on-board with helping those who need assistance. Thankfully, the world isn’t devoid of big hearts who care enough to reach out helping hands!
God’s message to the nation of Israel was that they we’re dull-hearted and without knowledge. They we’re ignorant because their leaders had abandoned God. (Jeremiah 51:17). Jesus was the leader to bridge the gap between man and God. Though Israel rejected Him, those who follow Jesus, today, view Him as the foundation rock, or the cornerstone, of their faith. (Isaiah 28:16) Jesus took compassion on the helpless and saw them as sheep without a shepherd.
“When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” –Matthew 9:36(NIV)
Words can Cut Like a Knife to the Heart
Thankfully, I can only think of one comment, which I received here on WordPress, that hit me as if I’d been slashed with a sword. God was so amazing; He spoke through others who encouraged me to lay all of my troubles on Him. We call this lamenting. The psalmists did it, and likely all of our Biblical heroes went through a tough season in which they called out to God as well.
People hide their grief because they feel vulnerable. They worry that they will be seen as a complainer or weak.
We need to share. We’re told to carry one another’s burdens. I like the visual image of this one. Just imagine someone with a very heavy load. Then you come along and offer to help carry it for them. (Beautiful!)
“By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ.” –Galatians 6:2(NCV)
Encouragement picks us back up.
When I sat there on the sofa wondering how I was going to pick myself up, encouragement picked me up. Kind words and gestures we’re no different than if someone saw me on the ground, gave me their hand, and helped dust me off.
It goes both ways: by sharing our burdens we show mercy and compassion. We help others to see that what they’re going through isn’t without hope. There’s still light in this world. Jesus is that light. (John 8:12)
We’re not strong enough to do it on our own. I’m thankful that God sees, and that He sends in His army. ❤
“Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.” –Micah 7:8(NIV)
A great big thank you to all who have encouraged me, including my fellow Canadian, Dan Bremnes, (a brother in Christ) for this song below.
❤ We are stronger together. Our God is an awesome God! Thank you, Lord Jesus. #ImRisingUp ❤