Jude's thoughts

Even when their path winds through the dark valley of tears, they dig deep to find a pleasure pool where others find only pain. He gives to them a brook of blessing filled with the rain of an outpouring.

                               (Psalm 8:4-6)

Lord, thank you for allowing me to go through the difficult seasons. There was a time in my life when I never thought I would say those words, but now I look back and see how glorious those dark times really were.

In the midst of my deepest pain, I learned how immediate and tangible your presence can be. You pour out such tender love and comfort when I need it the most. Had I not gone through those moments, seeking you in the midst of them, I would not have known the beauty of your consolation. 

When my whole world is falling apart, you come as a loving Father and give me strength to go on. With whispers of hope, you remind me of your promises and your never failing truth. You reach into my deepest pain and heal it with your love...

Though I don't enjoy the seasons of sorrow, I'm so grateful for the many things I've learned. I praise you for being present with me and manifesting your love so faithfully.

Sarah couldn't see the promises of God coming through her so she gave her handmaiden Hagar to Abraham to give him a son. Hagar finds herself in this place with an illegitimate child and the fact that God was not going to answer by her child Ishmael but by the seed of Abraham and Sarah which was Isaac.

So we see this dynamic where Hagar flees from Sarah and the Lord finds her out in the desert and in that place as she feels abandoned, as she feels alone, God speaks to her. He begins to tell her about the future, about her son Ishmael and his lineage. He saw her there.

And her response was to declare, "You are El Roi, You are The God Who Sees Me."

What a powerful revelation she had in this place of despair, that God being all Supreme, all Powerful, would see her, would take notice of her!!

We see this later in Scripture with David in Psalm 139, "You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all of my ways."

David saw the same thing. He saw the hand of the Lord on him. He saw the glory of God. David was a man after God's own heart. But, He saw something. He saw, that God saw him.

What a powerful understanding. So many people walk through life feeling insignificant, feeling like they are not loved, feeling like if I just disappear no one would care. God cares...God knows you...He knows you in your innermost being...He created you..He loves you...He is The God Who Sees.

Lord, I surrender my fleeting desires for ordinary things.
I want to live my life soaring on the wings of your great love.

Pour your kindness upon my life---let it overflow its banks and flood my soul.

Songs of praise rise from my lips as I wait for the fulfilment of your promises.

Close to my heart is every word you have spoken.

Be with me as I journey through this life.

Cover me with a cloud of your presence by day.

Guide me through the night with your fire.
As long as you're with me, I know that every promise you have made to me will come to pass.

Lord, I testify of your amazing miracles and your wisdom, which is seen in all you do.

Even in the waiting, you refine my character and teach me patience and trust.

You oversee every aspect of my life and remind me of your love.

I seek the light of your face.

I reach for your strength and won't lose hope.
You're the source of my strength, the foundation of my joy.

Help me not to wrestle with these seasons of transition.

Lord, you are forever faithful---true to your Word.

There's a time for every dream to be fulfilled.

Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path."(Psalm 119:105)

I do not remember where I first read the words: "My life is the road God walks." It seemed that suddenly they were emblazoned on the portals of my mind and on my heart.

Each life is an eternal highway, never ending, but always leading either to a brighter day or on into darkness. All along each roadway are signposts pointing to life eternal. Standing at a distance, I observe the roadway of life I had walked. I observe the familiar dark, dead-end street where I had lost my way. There were many "arteries" that exited my road, and more often than not I ended up at Frustration Village or Heartbreak City, and there was no way out. I had to return the way I had come. That was my life---I was trapped, restless, and yearning, yet I always knew that somewhere there had to be joy and peace.

On the most memorable day of my life, light finally broke through, and the road---my life--was lit with a brilliancy that exceeds description. And not only were my eyes flooded with light, but I was also absorbed by the light---my entire being became light. 

Many voices call out at the exit signs, but I follow the light that becomes brighter and brighter each day.

The road God walks is filled with righteousness, peace, love, and joy. Jesus is the Lord, Master of my life. Travelling this road is an adventure, sometimes painful, but always there is peace and joy. There's a song in my heart, and it's the rhythm that I walk to---He orders my steps in His Word!

Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

(Psalm 119:133)


1 comment

  • Hi, it’s Katie from Brisbane Australia. We own and manage a horse trailer business… Nice to meet you!

    That's very beautiful!!

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