Just Keep Breathing
The wilderness is dry and dusty
The heat almost unbearable…
The desire for nourishment insatiable…
For water, unquenchable…
The sun peaks through the clouds.
But just as quickly, it slips back in again.
There is hope.
But not every day…
Fear hovers like a repetitive nightmare.
Stealing what little peace sleep might bring.
Worry wears down the defenses and erodes its lifeline.
Guilt begins to guide.
The loneliness is confusing.
The temptations torturing…
The soul wrestles for freedom.
Knowledge knows this won’t last.
Wisdom calls out for rescue.
Faith falls on its face again and again.
The winds pick up.
A storm rolls in.
The rain beats down.
And there is silence.
Tears leave traces of resisting and submitting.
Laying it down and picking it up…
The struggle weighs its odds…
And makes one last stand.
The weary can go no further.
And there will certainly be no compromise.
But, things have already been worked out.
Prepared in advance…
A plan falls into place.
There is no earthquake, fire or flood.
Just a still small voice…
A lamp for the feet…
A light for the path…
And the wanderer is mercifully extradited from the wilderness.
All that was held so tightly…
Just fades away…
When eyes that could not see…
Finally turn toward The Promised Land!
There is something you are going through right now…something you are about to encounter…something you have already experienced. It may not be as bad as what your friends or family are facing, but it is your burden to bear, your cross to carry, your test to undertake. No matter what it is, no matter how you hurt, no matter how lost you might feel, our God is still faithful. Nothing in all creation is hidden from his sight, no matter where your feet are about to walk.
He will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you.
Just keep breathing because even when you don’t see it or feel it,
help is on the way.
I know this to be true, because I just came out of the wilderness,
and believe me, it wasn’t my first walk.
During the times I thought I could take no more,
this song reminded me just how much I needed Him and still need him NOW!
“Before you ever get a problem, God has your deliverance planned.”
“In the fourteenth chapter of John’s gospel a puzzled Thomas says to Jesus, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus answers him with no small boldness: “I am the way…” (John 14:6)
~Melissa Moore Fitzpatrick
Happy New Year!
I hope you are off to a good start and that you will continue to seek the will of God. Our will and our way often lead us down the wrong road.
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