Out of the wilderness. Out of the wilderness, place of deep pain, my spirit has risen, refreshed as with rain.
My cold barren places He’s touched and He’s healed, for only in pain was my darkness revealed.
Only when hurting, all helpless, undone, only through trial was victory won.
Feelings (and “failures” do not matter) I wrote that a week and a half ago but today? Today I’m not feeling victorious. My struggle with depression and anxiety has been long. I have times of victory, like when I wrote that poem, but I have had dark days and trials that seemed more than I can bear.
My last post, “Never Give Up” was dated September 9, 2017, more than a year ago. At that time, I shared that I had not written for more than 10 months, but I was going to start again. I did not do that, though I tried.
God is faithful. Yet, here I am now, writing mainly, I think, dear reader, to encourage myself. I need to declare that God is faithful, and that He is good. Our loving Heavenly Father has been true to His promises – He has rescued me and protected me all along this path, even though it has been and is still hard. And He is the One I am counting on now, to finish this good work of healing He has started.
So, as I said more than a year ago, dear friend: Whatever you are going through, no matter how hard it is, know deep in your heart that God loves you and He is working on your behalf.
God will deliver us. God DOES have victory stored up for the upright, no matter what our feelings may say today. (He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those who walk is blameless. Proverbs 2:7, New International Version.) And He promises that, although weeping may endure for a while, JOY WILL COME. ( … weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 NIV)
Joy is coming! Read the words below out loud, and may the living Word of God comfort your heart, as it comforts me.
“I fear not, for God is with me; I am not dismayed, for He is my God. He will strengthen me, yes, He will help me. He will uphold me with His righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version)