As I read through posts tonight on Facebook, these words really hit home: “He sees. He knows. He loves.” I read them sandwiched in the middle of this: “Honest cries for help lifted up to Jesus will not go unheard. He sees. He knows. He loves. And Jesus will direct you as long as you stick with Him.” They are from Lysa Terkeurst and exactly the reminder I needed after this afternoon.
Someone at church asked me about my dad and how he’s doing. It’s difficult not to be concerned about him these days given the time of year and state of where my family is at, but I know God has him in the palm of His hand. I wish I could do more to fix the things in him that concern me, but I can’t. I’ve tried and it doesn’t work even when I try because that’s not my job. It’s God’s alone.
My beautiful friend who runs the coffee bar at church asked how I was doing and mentioned that she had been praying for me this past week on a specific day. She had her prayer journal there at the coffee bar and looked it up because she had felt God impress upon her heart to be intentional about praying for me. That day, March 19th, was the third anniversary of my mom’s death. She didn’t know that at all before today. I’m amazed at God’s love for me. And thankful for someone who is praying for me on a regular basis.
I am reminded that God is for me, not against me, that He has great purpose and wonderful plans for me. Even when I doubt that I am qualified and capable of doing what He asks, I know that He is greater in me and uses me more than I understand. Even when I can’t make others recognize His heart for them, I know He is still standing right beside me, holding my hand, telling me He is never going to leave me, that He’ll always be there, in every situation I face.
As I write this, I am reminded of an encouraging word I heard today in the American church: to receive rest from the Lord. Help me Father to receive Your rest, to stop striving and just lay back in Your tender embrace, to feel Your merciful love overtake me. Oh God, You are kind and compassionate, with love never ceasing. Help me Savior to trust You even more, to put my hand in Yours, to rest in the truth that I am Yours and You are mine, that I belong to You and nothing can or ever will keep us apart.
Tu eres maravilloso, mi Señor. Tienes mi corazón.