If you came over from Encouragement for Today, welcome! I’m so thankful you are here. We are in the midst of an amazing #livingalifeofthankyou series. Come on in. Make yourself at home. I can’t wait to get to know you better. ~ Suzie
One day I’m going to bungee cord.
I’m going to let them strap me in and I’ll step off. I’ll swoop down like a bird, and then boomerang back up.
It’s on my bucket list and I’ll post pictures when it happens. Maybe some of you will be with me, and we’ll do it together.
As exciting as this sounds, I don’t want the same experience in my faith. I don’t want to feel like I’m stepping off a ledge, only to plummet and then swoop back up, and yet that can happen.
A good day = up.
On a good day, God is good. On a good day, I am good. On a good day, life is working out like I hoped and so God must be in control.
A bad day = down.
On a bad day, God has forgotten me. I wonder if he sees what is going on. I question whether faith is worth it. Doesn’t faith equal a good life?
In Matthew 7, Jesus describes two houses. One built on the sand. The other on a rock. A storm sweeps down from the mountains, and batters the houses.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:25)
The rain fell, the torrents raged, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its collapse!” (Matthew 7:27)
The storm was the same; the outcome was different.
One house was built on the sand. The other on had its foundation on the rock.
This was no ordinary rock. This rock was under the sand. The builder had to dig deeper to find the rock below. This rock was unmovable, unshakeable. Building the house on the rock took more work. It took more time. It was tempting to set the foundation on the sand and take your chances. If you built your foundation on the rock, it would hold forever.
This verse might sound like Jesus is saying, “Work harder. Do more.”
It’s not that at all. He’s talking to his disciples and followers, whom he loves. He’s telling them that storms will come. We will face adversity. Life will hit us unexpectedly.
That’s his loving words to them. Dig deep into your faith. Come closer to me. Fix your heart on what is true over what is temporary. If you do these things, you’ll come through that storm.
I know that some of you are in a storm and the thought of #livingalifeofthankyou feels impossible, and yet Jesus is reaching for you with the same loving instruction:
Dig deeper into your faith, for it will hold you fast.
Fix your heart on what is true over temporary.
Come closer to me. I’m reaching for you.
Feel those hands of yours reaching for him. Yes, that’s faith!
Listen to those words coming from your mouth that say, “It’s hard, but I am not alone.” That’s courage!
Seek him before anything else. That’s building your house on the Rock.
Feel that inner peace that cannot be touched by your outward circumstances. It cannot be robbed. It cannot be taken from you.
Anchor deep, sis.
The skies will clear. The winds will die down. And you’ll be standing. A little battered. A little windblown, but your faith and your feet firmly fixed on the Rock, no matter what the outer circumstances are.
There’s a Savior who loves you. He’s with you, even if you don’t feel it in the moment. Turn toward him. Soak in his presence today, and tomorrow, and the day after that. Invite him in to the bad days, and he promises to walk through them with you.
A good day = God is good and he loves you.
A bad day = God is good and he loves you.
Father, for my sister who is struggling, we are digging deep into our faith today. We aren’t going to rely on feelings, on fickle advice from those who say “just give up.” We feel the wind. We feel the rain. We feel the storm sweeping all around us. Yet we are thankful, for we are anchored in your love. Your strength becomes ours. Your hands hold us above the water, and keep our feet right where they need to be. Whether today is a good day or a bad day, you are good and we praise you for that. In Jesus’ name.
Back to that bungee cord. When I decide to take the plunge, I’ll tell you. I’ll probably need your prayers as I stand on the edge and take a leap.
As far as my faith, however; you and I will walk a straight line. Our heart secure. Our mind at peace. We’ll have a up and down days, but we won’t live up and down lives.
Day #11 of 21 Days to Living a Life of Thank You
All week long we are looking at barriers that keep us from a life of gratitude. Tomorrow we have a special challenge and I can’t wait. I’ll share instructions tomorrow. I hope you’ll come back!
- Read today’s Encouragement for Today devotion where I shared how I was crying over an answered prayer. God was giving me something good, but because it brought challenges I couldn’t see the good in it.
- Read Jeremiah 17:8. Draw a tree in your journal or the margin of your Bible next to that verse. Put your name next to that tree. Draw the source of your strength.