Times are hard right now for a lot of people. A newer friend of mine just lost her job and is now homeless, living in her car. Another friend’s brother-in-law is having to work across the state, away from his wife and young children to keep food in their mouths. An amazing pastor’s wife has breast cancer and is facing major surgery in a few days. One beautiful family struggles through prolonged accusation and custody hearings, sapping life-strength one agonizing day at a time. A brother is fighting his way back to his family from addictions that have ripped his soul, and crushed his family’s hearts. Everywhere I look, the result of the fall is wreaking havoc.
Yet, in these same circumstances and many more I am watching, grace is flowing like water. The faithful are rejecting the fear and looking to Jesus, and oh, what a beautiful sight as their faces reflect the glory of the One who is holding them steady – walking right beside them through these things.
Think about this, my friends, and don’t lose heart. This is what Jesus did so He could complete HIS work in YOU:
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12.2-3
He is your Author, your story-writer and He endured it all so He could make sure it ends with a glorious flourish. He is in all the way to the finish with you!
Dave and Tara blew me away singing the last part of a Michael W. Smith song at church on Sunday. I did a quick search for it this morning and the video actually captures, right toward the end, what I have been “seeing” in the Spirit in the lives of the people I mentioned here – a looking to Jesus, a receiving of His healing and blessing. Check out the video and stay with it, and then sing it, declare it:
Healing rain, I’m not afraid to be washed in heaven’s rain.
Healing rain is falling down. I’m not afraid! I’m not afraid!
Healing rain is falling down.
I’m not afraid! I’m not afraid!
Don’t lose heart. Don’t be afraid. He is not finished yet…Jeanie
NOTE TO SELF: He. Is. My. Author. My story is His.