Does anyone read this blog anymore? Well, for the one or two of you that may...here is my thought for the day:
I have loved Isaiah 43 for a long time. Especially the first part. Most especially verse 2 (bolded).
But the Lord showed me something new this week. It probably helps that I heard a teaching on living out of your spirit, rather than your soul or body. BUT I'll take the renewing of my mind any time! Anyway, I would read that I would pass through waters and I would not be overwhelmed. And that I would walk through fire and not be burned. Well, this past year+ has shown me what walking through waters and fire looks like. Or, experiences of it, as everyone's waters and fires look different.
But, I was overwhelmed and I was burned. It hurts. It's hard. There aren't usually easy ways out.
BUT GOD showed me something different this week. My soul (emotions, thoughts, etc.) and my body may be overwhelmed and burned BUT my spirit isn't/doesn't have to be! My spirit that resides with the Lord and is in communion with Him truly has the ability to go through anything and come out unscathed. What a joy and gift! What a blessing! What a beautiful picture of the gospel to share with others!
Our circumstances can suck. Financial problems. Health problems. Broken hearts. Loved ones who make pool decisions affecting you. All of it. But our spirits can remain steadfast and we can rise above them. Hard? Yes. Impossible? Not with the Lord! Worth it? Absolutely!