I don’t deserve You
But you love me anyways
I could never earn You
But You fight to make a way.
You draw me to you
Even when I pull away
Your love is stronger
When I think I’ve lost my way.
I don’t deserve You…
But your mercy saves the day.
March 9, 2022
I was really struggling one day recently. Well, to be honest, it has been more than one day. It’s an ongoing thing. I’ve had days where I’ve grown so weary of the endless trials. The ongoing holding pattern (desert or wasteland) that seems to perpetually plague me.
I’m not complaining about the pandemic. The pandemic was only an extension of the trials– a prolonging of this dessert season. But perhaps it’s a means to an end. There’s always that.
Now that I’ve got the facts out of the way…
I was taking a walk to a local park. I was feeling weary and worn when I looked down and saw a rock marked “Be strong.” Signed ‘Brownies.’
Earlier that day one of my blogging friends had commented “Bee strong” among a few other encouraging bees. 🐝🐝🐝 ❤❤❤
God tells us to be strong and courageous so this is perfectly acceptable encouragement.
Nevertheless, my mood was low and I wasn’t feeling strong. Inwardly I questioned “How do you simply ‘be strong’ when you’re feeling like your strength is gone? Yes, I should have been addressing this question to God. But thankfully he hears all.
By the way, these Brownies aren’t fairies as Andrew thought I was suggesting upon mention of my signpost. 😄
Nor are they the ever popular chewy chocolate comfort food.😉
The Brownies that left this stone are a section of the Girl Guides, aged 7-10.
Cool side note: Stones were also used in Biblical times as an important message of remembrance.
Afterward, Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”1 Samuel 7:12
“Be strong” is a strong message for 7 – 10 year olds. What do these girls do when they aren’t feeling strong? Do they feel small and weak as I often do? Again I pose the question ‘How do you simply ‘Be Strong’ when you feel as if your strength is gone?
After reading a Book by Bruce Wilkonson called The Dream Giver I was guided to study the Book of Exodus. All of life is a journey. If you find yourself caught in a dry place on the path, Exodus is a great book of the Bible to revive those dry bones as you witness God and His servant Moses in action.
As I was writing up a Summary for chapter 3:7-10 my answer came to me. Moses hesitated when God called him to lead the Isrealites. He didn’t believe he was a great man. But God promised Moses that He would be with Him.
As I summarized these verses I concluded that faith requires staying or going. Both can be a difficult test of faith. God commanded Moses to go, promising that He would be with him. God also told Moses that the proof he had been sent by God would be that he would lead the people out of Egypt and that all of them would worship Him on the mountain of God where God made His presence known to Moses.
God requires us to move forward OR wait patiently with faith. The proof comes AFTER the required action. This means we must be strong and courageous. Remember that courage doesn’t come without fear. Courage moves despite the fear or hesitation.
It occurred to me that this is very much like one of those TRUST exercises where you’re told to fall back into someone’s arms…. Bingo!
And then it came to me: The song below. God still speaks and guides. He also rejoices over us with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
I wondered…. if I placed my own stones alongside that Brownie stone if they’d remain there. It’s worth trying. Message delivered and mission accomplished. Somebody might need this signpost. That stone does look better with company.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”Proverbs 31:25
God knows and provides what we need…
Consider how the lilies of the field grow: They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?…Matthew 6:28-30