It’s been a long time since I’ve joined a Five Minute Friday and with the way this pregnancy’s been going, I’m still not sure I’ll be able to participate regularly. But I’ve been feeling refreshed this week and ready to jump back in. So before I even start, I’ll warn you – I know I’m going over 5 minutes! :) The prompt is Truth. You can click here to read all the other posts written in this online community.
There are so many truths I’ve confessed about myself, right here on the world wide web. Truths that make me feel uncomfortable. The way I could be perceived. The misunderstandings that are sure to come because each of us are human, and maybe even the wrong time or place to be speaking.
A couple weeks ago, I shared a trial in my life, and I let that post sit alone with no follow up. I thought I should at least share that God is so good. He’s taking care of my family, and it looks like we’re going to make it through this. Once again, tensions have been defused, a payment my husband’s been waiting for has finally come, and he got caught-up on the job which threatened HUGE fines. There’s still a lot of work to get through by the end of the year, and there’s still daily challenges to overcome, but God is being faithful – working patience, humility, and faith in our hearts.
There’s this other truth I shared a long time ago – and I never followed up on that either. Two years ago we experienced some great pain at church. The whole body suffered this. Each of us in our different ways. And it was very tempting to leave. Actually, it was much harder to stay – so many relationships feeling ruined. The cloud of confusion which hung over our future.
Once again, it may be that I’m speaking in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I’m also praying about this post, and putting it up in faith, because this subject is even more sensitive to me than anything I say about my personal life. It involves the souls of others. People I love – even if we’ve had huge disagreements.
And maybe it’s a little premature, but the freedom God has worked in my heart and the heart of my husband is more than I can even express in words. The challenge to stay when we felt so broken has taken two years to get through. In retrospect, we see how good it’s been for us to keep committed. The healing in relationships. The humbling we’ve needed. Finally, the blessings of joy reaped from obedience and forgiveness.
The Psalmist cried out it Psalm 63:8, “My soul follows hard after You.”
Oh, it’s been hard!
Hard to obey. Hard to believe. Hard to follow. But, yes, Lord, we follow!
And by the mercy of God, the tending hand of a Good Shepherd, He has upheld us (Psalm 63:8b).
Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.”
Psalm 63:5, “My soul will be satisfied…and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.”
The soul who seeks the Lord will be upheld by the Lord – even through the hard.
And this is truth. Tested. Proved.
And this is our testimony.