Hi everyone and happy Friday! I hope you are doing well and that you have had a great week. This week’s Lent reflections are just few thoughts that I have had this week and a few verses that I hope will speak to you, as well. This week seems to have been one of those weeks when all of the darkness of the world, and the pain that others are going through, is all surrounding. I know I have written blogs posts specifically about pain and suffering but I wanted to share some more about those topics because I believe that in this life we will always experience that, at one point or another. I also want to encourage and remind you that God is the God of restoration and healing. So if you need some restoration and healing, this post is for you!
Isaiah 25:4 “For You have been a stronghold for the poor, a stronghold for the needy person in his distress, a refuge from the rain, a shade from the heat.” God is our strength, our refuge, and the One who sustains through it all.
Isaiah 28:23 “Listen and hear My voice, pay attention and hear what I say.” This verse spoke to my heart as if the Lord was telling me “Hey, you need to pay attention to what I’m doing and just listen to me,” as I often forget to do in the midst of a difficult situation. Our first response to a struggle shouldn’t be to turn inwardly, but to turn upwardly and give it to the Lord. God is bigger than anything, and situation, any fear, any conflict, and nothing is too much for Him.
Isaiah 33:2 “O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you.” While we are waiting for the Lord to answer prayers about difficult situations, or to change the situation, we need to realize that our waiting time isn’t for nothing and nothing is wasted. God is using the waiting time for a greater, ultimate purpose and He is with us in the waiting.