As I began my morning routine of filtering through my email, I found a welcomed post I subscribe to by Kathi Lipp. She asked for comments that would share how God showed up when life had us down. The poor girl. I know she probably didn’t think anyone would write a book in her comment section, but I just couldn’t help myself.
Today, I’ve decided to post the comments I shared on Kathi’s post to my own blog. In reality, life is seldom easy. Many of you are being tossed around by the storms of life. I pray that God will use this post to help you rest in your hope, encourage your faith and inspire your heart.
Prisoners of Hope
Just the other day the culmination of my need to see God move in a specific area of my life, both my mothers battling cancer, my husband’s impending neck surgery, his lack of employment and doctor’s orders to change careers, along with several other issues I won’t mention had left me overwhelmed and exhausted. I just wanted to crawl in bed, pull the covers over my head and cry like a baby. I felt like my hope was faltering.
But as I was talking to a friend who was preparing a series of messages to preach, he told me he had asked God for fresh rain this year and as he was sharing his own experience, he said, “You’ve got to ask the Lord for rain…fresh rain.” I felt like the Lord was talking to me through him.
So, I quickly made my way to my office, pulled up biblegateway.com and commenced to read the entire book of Zechariah. Not only did I ask God for fresh rain, I was reminded that I was a prisoner of hope (Zech 9:12). That I couldn’t escape the hope He has instilled in my heart. Like Paul, I may be down, but I’m not out. I may be hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. I may sometimes feel like life is crashing in around me, but I am a prisoner of hope.
I’m so thankful God uses other people and His Word to bring healing to hurting hearts! What about you? Share your story about how God has shown up when you were feeling down. I’d love to hear from you!
A Word From Me About Kathi Lipp:
God used Kathi’s post to remind me how He has been working in my life and in my heart. You can visit Kathi’s site by clicking here. She is the author of The Marriage Project and The Husband Project, as well as several other books. God is using her beyond her wildest dreams! GO KATHI – GO GOD!!