Faith

I took this photo the other day, because I felt like it represented what I was feeling: like the bent-over daffodil, I was feeling weary, weak, and buffeted by the hardships of life.

This is the next installment in my “life verse” series. Honestly, if it weren’t for my faith in God and the promises in the Bible, I don’t know what I would do. Life can be bewildering enough with God – how on earth do you survive it without Him?

That’s where today’s verse comes in – the Bible never promises that life will be easy, but it does guarantee that the Lord is there with us every step of the way, and that He will eventually intervene and set aright all of the things in life that have been distorted and broken.

Again, take a moment to reflect on the promise held in Psalm 34:

This promise is bittersweet. On one hand, the Bible all but guarantees that life be challenging for those who choose to follow Christ (it’s even tough for those who don’t follow Him!). However, I can hang my hat on the second part of the verse, which promises that I will be delivered – in time – from the hardships that I am experiencing. 

Time is a relative concept, when you’re talking about a God who sits outside of time, and is not constrained by it in any way. His timing is something that I flat-out do not understand! I suppose that is why He is God, and I am not.

But the rescue is coming – it’s just a matter of time. It’s what I call “GST” – God’s standard of time.

So that is what I’m thankful for today: my rescue is coming. It is already on its way, according to GST. In the interim, however, I’ll likely still encounter “many hardships” and “perplexing circumstances” – such is life for those born into a world torn asunder by sin.

By the way, I took a look at the daffodil today. I smiled when I saw that it was no longer bent over; while it wasn’t completely upright, it was standing as tall as it could. You see, the blue skies were in full view, the wind and rain had stopped, and the strength of the daffodil’s stem was suddenly evident to all. The strength was always there, but it was only when the daffodil was delivered from the blustery weather was it able to stand tall. 

Tomorrow, I expect that the flower will be taller still. Why? Simple – God never meant for a daffodil to live a bent-over life. In the same way, I cannot let the wind and rain in my own life define who I am, and what my future will look like. I must remember that this is only a season – the sun will come out again! – and like the daffodil, I will also stand tall.

Here is my prayer for today: Thank You, God, for this bittersweet promise – life can be hard, but You will deliver us from our difficulties according to Your timing and purposes (GST). Thanks for answering my prayer from the other day – the image of the daffodil is a powerful reminder that I am stronger than I realize, and more resilient than I ever thought possible. I suppose I only came to realize this truth in response to the wind and rain of pain happening in my life. 

Help me to learn this important lesson from the daffodil: I will stand tall again. It may not happen overnight, but it will happen. I may not feel confident in my own strength right now, but I can have 100% confidence in You. May I have the faith of the daffodil – now and always. In Your name I pray, Amen. 

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