I apologize that my Monday Mourning post is coming out on Tuesday…but hey, there are really Tuesday Mornings (did you get the pun?). Anyway, here it is:
Confession time: I am not a good baker.
There are several causes to my lack of baking ability:
- You must measure the ingredients.
- You must use the exact ingredients called for – substituting ingredients is dangerous.
- You must set a timer.
- You must allow some things to rise or cool, all of which require time, which requires patience, and that might just be a character quality that God has been working on in my life.
This I do know: When I put the right ingredients in the right proportions into my bowl and I follow the directions, I get the desired baked good! It is such a novel idea: Put the right ingredients in + Follow the directions = Desired Result!
For much of my life, I have applied this same concept to my life. If I put the right stuff into my life, I would get the desired result.
My equation might look something like this:
Read My Bible + Pray Everyday + Go To Church + Obey My Parents = Good Life
And by good life, I mean an easy, problem-free life.
You can imagine my soul’s confusion when my son died. His death was not good. Where had I gone wrong?
I was almost afraid to search the scriptures, scared that I would find my sin that had caused this horrible consequence.
Slowly, I began to crack open my Bible and I started to realize that God was still God and that He was still good. Despite the reality that Daniel had died, I saw how much God loved me. He still loved me.
As I read my Bible, God showed me that He did not promise me a problem-free, easy life. Rather, He promised quite the opposite. There would be troubles and valleys and heartache.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. S efficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:33-34
As I kept reading, God reminded me that He would never leave me. He was always with me even in the valley of the shadow of death. What a great God!
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
“I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b
Lastly, God reminded me how much He loved and cared for me. He loved little silly old me. The girl who thought she had life figured out. The girl whose heart was hurting and whose eyes were full of tears. He loved me.
Not only did he love me, He also wanted to care for me and heal my broken heart.
He loves you, too. He loves each of us regardless of where we have been or what we have been through. He loves us. He loves you.
Do you know how I know He is not done with you yet? I can say that confidently because you are reading this. And as long as you have breath in your body, He wants to keep walking life with you and teaching you all along the way.
God loves you! Believe that today!