For the days when you are in over your head. (Which is pretty much every day.) For the seasons of maximum velocity. For the fortitude to walk out the vision when you are blinded by confusion, drought, discouragement, hecklers, slow results. For survival mode mornings and exhausted afternoons. For the cliff-hanging determination to encourage out of your own discouragement, to give thanks, to write what you know.
To comfort out of comfort, weep with those who weep, and celebrate well. To rejoice in this one, original, ordinary, extraordinary day. For moms and dads and addicts and grievers and ministers and those who feel too much. Like me. For those who long for safety and refuge.
“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps 118:24
For an extra measure of grace today. The eyes to see His good. The ears to hear the song of mercy, rising and swelling roundabout our lives. The heart to choose perspective and patience. The decision to see this season through. For the resolve not to criticize or blame or wallow or cower. To be strong in the small, difficult ways.
To sing in the darkness.
To pray on.
We can do this.
We can remember right now that His plans are good. They exist for a future and a hope.
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” Ps 118:28
Good, green, growing plans. Rejoice and remember that we are promised strength, pasture, hope, and rest on this journey.
Remember His extravagant love for the whole mad world. Unbelievably believable. Steady and unwavering. Bright. Transformative.
So we will keep going with hope, yes? Trusting in the Lord with all our hearts. Letting His hands turn all the knobs on all the doors. Not being afraid of what might be just around the bend. Not being afraid of what anyone might say or think.
Even when we are afraid. Even when words fail. Even when our need is great. Even in the valley of the shadow of death.
Knowing there is a beautiful plan. Regardless of the chaos.
In spite of tragedy.
Despite our mistakes.
And that impossibilities are quite possible today with Jesus.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Phil 4:4