The wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom. Isaiah 35:1-2 NIV
Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life—unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake. 12 Step Prayer
Your life and life experiences, right now, do you love them, hate them, resent them or rejoice over them? Feelings are such strange creatures, aren’t they?
Whatever my emotions might like to speak to my soul today, I know that God has me where I am because it is what I need to mold and shape me in the image of His Son. Honestly, I don’t always like it, but I am beginning to learn to accept it with a little more grace.
As Christians, we don’t believe in happenstance or chance. Luck is not our friend, nor is it the way forward for us. For us, it’s important to accept that God is in control and will remain so for the entirely of our existence. It’s what makes Him God and it’s truth, so we need to consider it. It also should bring us hope and a firm assurance, to realize that God is God and forever in control, for we know that He has our good in mind at all times.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Some people use Jeremiah’s words to assure themselves of good things ahead for themselves. But what kind of hope do they have for the future? Will God’s blessing over them bring them riches, and if so, what kind of riches? What are we looking for from God?
A safe haven?
A place to live free and happy in the light of God’s love?
Jeremiah was talking to a people about to go into captivity when he delivered his assurance promise. No one needed it more than the audience to whom he preached. His message was one of restoration. The pain Israel was about to bear would not last forever. One day, God would restore what sin had stolen.
It’s important that as we enter into a time of trial and temptation, when our defenses are down and our souls are weak, that we have a promise to cling to…something to get us through the hard.
This morning, as I spend a considerable amount of time in prayer (because yeah, today I need extra of God and His consoling Spirit), I’ll remember God’s promise to me.
If we will trust Him with our tomorrows, He will get us through today.
If we will confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us (1 John 1:9).
If we will blossom where He plants us, He will make us into testimonies to His love.
Today, I’m using prayer to get me willing.
How do you become willing to obey God and bloom where you’re planted? How important is hope to you, in the hard times?