Do you ever feel like you can relate to something so intensely that you might think that someone was talking straight to YOU?
I do! I know that God can use things like songs, blogs, people, His Word, kids, etc. to get His point across to us, and the crazy thing is when He does it using multiple avenues. In one day I have had the same verse shown to me in three different books, places, and people, so I know that He has me writing this particular devotional for YOU (and me too!).
Have the storms of life blown through your neck of the woods recently and knocked you down and out for a bit?
Do you sit there, on the floor, in a stunned silence as you try to figure out what in the world is going on and where did “that?!?” come from?
Thankfully His Word says…Psalm 34:18 - The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Change out crushed for ‘knocked down’)
“If you fall get back up”
Ah…wait a minute, now the light is starting to come on…it should NOT surprise me, now should it?
I found this great quote that I just love…"Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch—what makes you go beyond the norm." ~Cicely Tyson
Oh, and get this, look what I found in Malachi 1:4 - When Edom (Esau) said, "We've been knocked down, but we'll get up and start over, good as new…
I LOVE it! Don’t you? It makes me think of Joseph when he’s talking to his brothers and says, “What you intended for harm God intended for good.” (Genesis 50:20 - You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good..) (Great Big Sigh here!) Is that not just amazing?!?!
I want to leave you with this…
2 Corinthians 4:7-11 (New International Version) - 7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.