Are you weary?
Over the past couple years of trials, tragedies, and disappointments, I am weary. I prayed without ceasing, but the sickness still took my family member’s life. I trusted, but was still blindsided by the betrayal of a loved one. I loved, but that relationship still let me down.
One thing after another. I found myself at a point of doubting God’s strength and even His goodness. The darkness around me weighed heavy and it was hard to see God’s light in the midst. Can you relate to this?
In our world of social and political tension, an unrelenting global pandemic, and widespread hopelessness, I am sure you have felt some form of this doubt over the past two years.
You are not alone.
I was there just a couple months ago- I was bitter and confused. Sick of not seeing God answer my prayers. Weary of truly believing He can do what He says He can do.
I started a new “season” in my Seasons of Soap Journal, entitled “trust.” I hoped that somehow by reading scripture about trust, I would learn to believe in the goodness of God again.
And God met me right there.
It didn’t happen overnight, and it wasn’t just one verse in particular. But over time, day by day, as I read the promises of God and poured out my heart on the pages of my journal, I began to trust again. I learned that God’s answer to prayers is so often not what I expect. Rather, His answer is a Presence. A Refuge. A Promise that He is with me, bringing me rest, peace, strength, breath.
If you are feeling hopeless and weary, here are some verses. I encourage you to find these in Scripture and read the few verses surrounding them. Then read them again. And again. Write out everything you are thinking and feeling. The good, bad, and ugly. Maybe you resent these words because it is not what your reality looks like. That is okay. God can handle your anger and heartache. Pour it all out at His feet. Then begin to speak out loud His promises. Write out your prayers.
Thank God that no matter what, He does not leave us lonely.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’” - Psalm 91:1-8
“No one who trusts God like this-heart and soul- will ever regret it.” - Romans 10:11-17
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:1-9
“Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s spirit is in them- living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us into the open, into a spacious, free life.” - Romans 8:5-8
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways, they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:9-16
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.” John 14:1-4
“God pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail- even numbering the hairs on your head!” - Matthew 10:28-31
“The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ- eternal and glorious plans! He gets the last word; yes, he does.” - 1 Peter 5:6-11
After you read, journal, and pray. Then do it all again tomorrow with the next verse. Let Him heal you from the inside out. I promise you, your heart will slowly begin to soften toward the Lord, and your trust will be restored.
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