“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
As I write this post, my husband and I are slowly recovering from the flu. Never mind the fact that one full month prior to testing positive for Type A Influenza, we had taken the high dose flu vaccine. Needless to say, it was a shock to be physically knocked down by this culprit. After all, we felt comfortable that we had acted responsibly to protect ourselves from this illness. Well friends, I’m here to tell you that nothing is guaranteed. But we sure have been reminded of how thankful we should be for the good amount of energy we do enjoy on normal days.
Thankfully, even though it’s been brutal, this flu issue is only temporary. We are doing everything necessary to recover—resting, staying well hydrated, and adding some meds that the doctor prescribed. But there are many people in my circle of influence who are facing longer lasting challenges. My prayer request list is very lengthy right now. Both family members and friends alike are in need of healing, strength, and wisdom for their respective journeys. As I support each one with my prayers and anything else I can do, I hope to encourage them to keep their eyes on Jesus, the One who is, and will always be beside them. Through every battle and every storm, there is an Anchor who will always get them safely home.
Friend, if you are currently facing situations in your life that have knocked the wind out of your sails, please remember that you are only strong to the extent of where you place your faith and trust. I encourage you to believe that God is your strength. Rest in the reality of His awesome love, power, and faithfulness. He’ll do for you what you cannot do for yourself. Let Him be the source of your strength. He will see you through. Above all, don’t let go of hope! It will always carry you where you need to go.
Prayer: Dear God, You alone are the source of our strength. Because of that, we have every reason to place our hope in You when we cannot see the way. Help us to trust you when our path is nothing but sunshine and roses. And we sure do thank You for those seasons in our lives. In the same manner, please help us to trust You unequivocally when we find ourselves entering into a life-changing season where uncertainty seems to reign supreme. Help us to always remember that You are the God who sees. You see every second of our lives from beginning to end and there’s not one thing that takes You by surprise. Why wouldn’t we trust You—our Creator, Sustainer, Savior, and soon coming King? Give us Your strength and the ability to hold on, for it is You who will do the final work in and through us by Your great power and majesty. We love You and trust You, and we thank You in Jesus name. Amen.