He searches for a heart that needs to be loved on:)
I was lying in bed the other night praying for direction with many decisions that are before me. It is a time of transition for us, and with that comes much prayer and seeking. I will admit that I felt I needed help Sunday night. Could you send me some help, Papa? Just as I was about to fall asleep, I felt Psalm 121 impressed upon my heart. So impressed that I turned on my lamp and reached for the Word to find Psalm 121:
I lift my eyes to the hills where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip-He who watches over you will not slumber
Such comfort as I went to sleep knowing that my help was coming and that it was Him, and that He saw my heart and my concern and did not let me seek rest until I knew my help was coming. His word strengthened me.
I woke that next morning to find one of precious students had sent me a text during the night that is certainly more like a devotion. What I love about this is that God was searching that very night for hearts that needed to be strengthened, and though I felt like His prized child that He was being so compassionate to speaking into my need, He made Gabbie feel just the same. And that is the wonder of our Sovereign God. And I love it.....a man we can all share in His love:)
From Gabbie: I was feeling down tonight. With all the things I've had going on, and I feel like I've kind of pushed God farther away. But tonight I was laying in bed, crying, when all of a sudden, I thought, "My God is my refuge and my strength." I reached over to my nightstand to grab my Bible. I opened it up straight to Psalm 42:5 which reads,
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again- my Savior and my God
And then all of a sudden it clicked. There's no reason for me to be discouraged with the plans God has for me. There's no reason for me to be sad and crying. Sure there's a lot going on, but God blessed me with so much today. All of my hope is in Him. Because each and every day He reveals something new to me. Something amazing. A new way of showing His love to me. Sometimes, in ways I could have never imagined. And even when I have rough times, I will praise Him. Because He is my Savior, my God, my refuge, my strength, my hope, and my ever-present help in trouble.
Is that not so awesome to see a fourteen year old crying out and finding His comfort? It does something to my heart. God sends encouragement through people or leading us to His word, but often we miss it too busy to notice or to lazy to hit our knees in the night.
As you will notice, we both found answers in His Word. It is simply not enough to read other 's devotions and blogs; it certainly helps and binds us together seeking, but it does not take the place of an encounter with His Word on pages. What I love about this verse is that it says He doesn't simply seek to strengthen us, but He likes to show Himself strong. He likes to demonstrate His power for those that have given their hearts to Him. And this is the God I need right now; one who reveals Himself in a powerful way. And believe me, I will give Him all the glory:) How about you? Are you needing to see the power of God invade your life?
May you stop this day and allow Him to speak into your need. May you stop to enjoy His presence and take refuge in Him. May you put your hope in Him alone. May you see the power of Yahweh invade your life.
Seek. Love. Follow. In His Wings, Ro