Sometimes, life is…dusty… it is painful and filled with drama and/or trauma. We experience abuse or loss (of a loved one, a job, a beloved pet, a house); we experience disappointments and trials of all kinds. Our heart breaks into a million pieces. But God is so sweet and tender in these seasons. And He always provides – faithfully – for our every need, both emotionally and physically. He gives us strength in our weaknesses, clothes us with His splendor, frees us from some pretty deep yuck, and He seats us in a place of honor at his banquet table. He won’t make us rise up from the dust, but He will give us the strength to make our stand.
“Wake up, wake up, O Zion!
Clothe yourself with strength.
Put on your beautiful clothes, O holy city of Jerusalem,
for unclean and godless people will enter your gates no longer.
2 Rise from the dust, O Jerusalem.
Sit in a place of honor.
Remove the chains of slavery from your neck,
O captive daughter of Zion.” (Isaiah 52:1-2 NLT)
I invite you to take a look back over your life…what are those milestones that separate the days from one another for you? What were the key things God has been teaching you? From what has He freed you? From what do you still long for freedom? How has He clothed you with strength and beautiful garments?
Let us pray: Gracious Lord, Thank you for your presence in my life: for the way you strengthen me in my weaknesses. Thank you for the freedoms You have already given to me. I am so grateful that you love me just the way I am!