“And this is my prayer; that your love may abound more, and more in knowledge and depth of insight” Philippians 1:9
As I drove through my neighborhood gazing in awe of the yellow and red leaves of the tree-lined streets I saw 6 deer on the other side of the mountain standing majestic and still. As I slowed my car down to a halt, the mother deer turned her head slowly and stopped eating to stare at me. My heart melted and I heard God’s inner voice telling me “You asked for this, and it was given.”
You see years before, I had dreamed of the house I have now on a street such as this; with a neighborhood similar to the one I live in now. I had pictures. I had dreams. I had hope. But the road to this place was treacherous and often times more heartbreaking than I want to remember. Yet through it all, I kept praying to a God who I know wholeheartedly loves me.
I see my past and at the time I just barely made it from day-to-day. My dreams were far away, but my sadness I wore like a bandage; every now and then it would peel back and the wound would be raw, hurt, burn my heart and I felt like it would never heal. Then the next day came and I would try to be happy again. The main thing I kept praying for was to help me move forward. Each day I grew a little stronger, a little braver, a little more confident for tomorrow.
I believe God takes us on a journey of our life and leads us right where we should be if we follow him. It’s hard to accept this if you are suffering through an unbearable time right now in this season of your life. My heart breaks for you if you are in this place, and I pray you have brighter, more hopeful days ahead and that you find joy again.
I drive down my street and think of all the hard times that brought me right here to this place, and as I watched the deer watching me, tears stream down my face and I feel God telling me there’s lot of work to be done in the lives of many people. If I can be any help, I ask Him to use me as an example.
If you are in a wonderful season of your life, can you take the time to help someone else during this holiday season?
If you are having a hard time in your life right now, can you be brave and reach out to someone you love and trust to help comfort you?
In my devotional today Joyce Meyer’s book “Wake up To The Word” she says “If you’ll turn the construction of your life over to God, He’ll build something beautiful.”
I pray He builds something beautiful for you this Christmas season……