Sunshine

Psalm 69:14

The Message (MSG)
Rescue me from the swamp,
Don’t let me go under for good,
 Pull me out of the clutch of the enemy;
This whirlpool is sucking me down.
The last few weeks have really been hard.   Elevator door opens, basement level – drowning.  I went very deep into the waters and it was really dark and murky down there.  I had on a new pair of goggles and amid all that debris I could see that tiny bright light but I just could not get to it.  The ropes of the sea floor had entangled me and as I would swim to the top – the grip would tighten fast and hard around me and pull me back down. 
This time it was as if with the new goggles on all of that debris that would swirl around and hit me would finally settle down and find its spot.  The riptides of hard things started to explain a lot to me, almost give me peace.  Many, “oh that makes sense”, “now I see why I”…  and the biggest crashing moment was when I realized without a doubt that I was a little girl – a child – and it was not my fault.  All of that debris and darkness was hitting the small frame of a child leaving scars, bruises, and stains.

It was Thursday morning, at about 9:50am when I received this FB message from a dear lady in my church.  “Good morning.   I hope your day is going well.  I just wanted to let you know that this morning I was listening to a Beth Moore devotional and she said something about a pink sunrise/sunset.  Immediately God put it on my heart to stop what I was listening to and pray for you.  I do not know why, but I just wanted you to know that I did lift you up in prayer and hope you have a most blessed day.  You are loved.”

My reply to her, “I am about to cry.”

I called her at home and left a message in tears.  When she called me back I just explained I was overwhelmed that God used her to get to me – and that she was obedient.  I said you could have just prayed (or not) and mentioned to me sometime next week that you had prayed for me but you told me now.  Thursday’s matter, but especially this Thursday.  Wow, God Wow.  I stayed overwhelmed with joy and love the entire day because then when I shared some news with her for her to pray about considering she explained it would be an answer to her prayers already – and she was in tears!  God Moments Are Precious.  These words can’t even begin to give them justice.  My heart was full and her heart was full and it was beautiful.

Friday morning, I woke up and heard Feel The Light by Britt Nicole for the first time.  That song inspired the picture above in colored pencils (me & my colored pencils!).  All of the lyrics in the song are powerful, but the last few, “Brave, Brave, the waters all around you… I’ll stay, I’ll keep you from sinking down….” remind me of how God uses us to hold each other up and to encourage each other.  I am so thankful for those who have helped hold me up, prayed for me and literally helped me to be brave.  The FB message I received on Thursday is a great example of how God will lead us to reach out to each other at just the right time! The enemy would want us to sink, individually and collectively!  God wants us to shine His love to each other, to encourage and build up each other, and to lift up each other in prayer.  When we can do that for each other – many, many, women will feel the light.  Is God asking you to reach out to someone?  Is God using someone else to reach out to you? 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

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