Christmas is almost here and I am just beginning on this twenty-second day of December to wrap some gifts!Yikes! Our tree and all the decorations went up on Thanksgiving day but no gifts (wrapped and barely bought). This is so different from years past. I will say it is a clear description of 2018, a very different year. Both powerful and painful at times and causing me to step away from the very thing that brings me much joy, writing. That being said, I am gearing up for a really big year. Year ten being cancer free is a gift that can’t be wrapped but it can be shared! So get ready!
There is a verse in Psalm 119:71 that says “It is good for me that I have been afflicted.” In the message Bible it reads “My troubles turned out for the best-they forced me to learn from your textbook.” Over the past five months, that verse has come to my mind atleast once a day. Just this morning the Lord led me back in time to read that I had proclaimed this promise in my journal on April 11, 2009. I wrote that while going through chemotherapy for breast cancer.
It has truly been GOOD that I learned to depend on God and nothing or anyone else, during that season of affliction and all that has followed these last ten years. It is not what I would ever have chosen nor is it something I would ever change. Let me share more of that Psalm with you in hopes that it resonates to your situation, your “affliction” today…
“Be good to your servant, God;
be as good as your Word.
Train me in good common sense;
I’m thoroughly committed to living your way.
Before I learned to answer you, I wandered all over the place
but now I’m in step with your Word.
You are good, and the source of good;
train me in your goodness.
The godless spread lies about me
but I focus my attention on what you are saying;
They’re bland as a bucket of lard,
while I dance to the tune of your revelation.
My troubles turned out all for the best-
they forced me to learn from your textbook.
Truth from your mouth means more to me
than striking it rich in a gold mine.”
So when I hashtag #Godisgood or say “God is good” with my favorite emoji hearts…it is not just a cliche..I have learned to see it as a gift, He is my gift. There is no price tag on suffering and sorrow, only eternal rewards that reap way more than any wrapped up “thing” under a Christmas tree. And by the way, the gifts God gives us through our experiences are meant to be shared, not buried, hushed or forgotten. The enemy will always try to keep us quiet and isolated, negative and frustrated, depressed and anxious. But Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly..so just as I encourage you to open up the gifts of your soul, I say it to myself.
Share the good news. Your testimonies. Fellowship and find a mentor. Keep yourself encouraged in the Word of God. Put on the armor of God and pray against the principalities and powers darkness that to distract you. He will disarm them. Remember if you are in hard place, it is a time to draw close to God for a life changing experience that you would not know any other way.
What gift do you have you can share with others? Talk with the Lord about it today because He knows what’s inside the box!
That’s a wrap…off to wrap..and excited to hear from you via email or comment! God is good, my friends! Love and hug to each of you!