I can always count on the sun rising each morning. It’s a steady event. One that happens each new day that the Lord provides.
With that sunrise comes His mercy. His grace. His love. Forgiveness. Direction. Guidance. His presence doesn’t rise & set like the sun…it’s a constant. Oh, do I ever need that constant.
What is unknown is what will happen each day.
There will be phone calls that change realities forever. Unexpected letters that explode hearts into a million pieces. Emails, pictures & texts that alter walking through each day. There will be grief and loss. Confusion & devastation. Abandonment & sorrow. Betrayal & brokenness. Complete cutoffs.
As the sunrise turns into a new day, there will be so many opportunities for hurt…but in all that hurt there’s hope. Hope in what doesn’t change…Him. He never ever changes.
I can wake up being haunted by the hurts of yesterday and He’s there.
I can start each day with a deep heaviness and He’s there.
I can open my eyes and not know how to start another day and He’s there.
In the deepest hurt…He’s there. He’s always there.
He knows what will happen as the sunrise appears on the horizon. He goes before & he leads. He holds out his hand & walks his sheep through each day.
That’s the hope I’m talking about. I know situations can feel hopeless, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope. True hope isn’t found in a person or a thing. It’s found in the Savior and His Word.
The walls inside my home have seen many tears. But outside– I can step outside and His beautiful sunrise is there each morning. It doesn’t have to stay outside either. His light can penetrate through every single crack & shine hope onto each tear-stained spot.
That same hope is for all the broken. Are you broken? He can help! Cry out to Him for his mercies and he will provide. I’m not saying it’s easy, because it’s not…but you don’t have to do it alone. He will lead you and love you in ways that you never thought possible.
I’m walking this path longer than I ever thought, but do you know what? I haven’t lost my hope. It’s actually growing. There are things that He needs to change in me to help draw me closer to him.
Will you love me after devastating phone calls? Yes, Lord.
Will you love me when others hurt you? Yes, Lord.
Will you love me if your dreams are not my plan for you? Yes, Lord.
Will you love me if I take away the children I placed in your care? Yes, Lord.
Will you love me when your life is painfully hard? Yes, Lord.
Will you love me when I allow more brokenness to walk through the door? Yes, Lord. Yes. I love you more & more.
The sun will rise again tomorrow. For right now, it’s today. With hope in my heart, I will follow my Shepherd wherever he leads.
Forever His sheep,