Did you ever have a day that nothing went right? It is now 9:01 am and I am declaring that today has been a hard day. Today would have been my brother’s 65th birthday if he had not passed away in October. March 11 to me is a big, fat, reminder of what I have lost. After realizing what the date was, then accidentally breaking a glass, and knowing a few other struggles in my path today, I was beginning to feel sorry for myself.
Then a good friend called. She said, “Lori, The Lord has put you on my mind this morning and I don’t know why. All I know is that He asked me to call and pray with you today.” I was quickly put back on track to know that no matter what trials and tribulations, heartbreaks, disappointments or fears we might face; God is always there for us. He might come to us through a song, a scripture, or even through a stranger that crosses our path. Other times, He might just come as the peace that passes all understanding. That’s like when we know and can feel that He is calming our spirit and giving us strength to face another day. Today He chose to come to me through a friend. So today, I’m not going to feel sorry for myself. Rather, I will once again choose to praise Him through the storms!
You’re probably wondering why the picture of my coffee pot fiasco a few days ago? I once again forgot to put a cup under it when I pushed brew. I laugh and I like to say, “That’s my brain not on caffeine!” However, I know now that it was God, once again, giving me the perfect illustration. You see, we can load our brains with scriptures and head knowledge, just as we would be loading the coffee pot with coffee. However, if we don’t open our hearts and allow them to be filled with God’s Spirit, as a coffee cup would be filled with coffee, we never really can understand the fullness of God. Because you see, it first requires us providing a vessel for Him to fill and then secondly, we have to drink from the cup. Psalm 34:8 (NKJV) Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Just know that whatever you are facing, God wants to be there for you. As a matter of fact, He wants to fill your cup to overflowing. Pray and ask Him to be Lord over your life and your struggles then expect to taste and see the most magnificent expression of love from the Creator, Himself. Perhaps you’re too tired to pray or don’t have the words. Ask a friend to pray with you. You can even send me a private prayer request at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pray for you this week too.
I want to keep it short this week because in closing, I want you to have time to enjoy this song that was sung a few weeks ago in our church. May it speak to your heart and help you to find strength for another day no matter what your circumstances might be. Then don’t forget, once you are filled…go out and be a blessing!
Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.