I have joy down in my heart.
Not because I have my life figured out. Not because my life is where it needs to be. And not because anything has changed.
But I have joy, because of Love.
A love that never fails. A love that never gives up. A love that never runs out.
Even though I still make mistakes and there are still mountains in front of me to overcome. Even though I ran away and feel like I am in the eye of the storm.
I don’t have to be afraid.
Because I know that my Father loves me and nothing can separate me from the love of God.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38
In the midst of my trial and pain, when I am too weak to fight –
My God fights for me.
He is fighting on my behalf and working to ensure that all things work together for my good.
God takes my sin and failures.
He takes the things that could destroy my life and He works them all together for my good and for His glory.
How can that not bring Joy?
I am covered and protected –
By the power of my Father’s great Love.
I have spent the last few months in darkness. I was lost and wandering. I got tired of waiting on God and grew impatient. I took my life into my own hands and made a mess of things.
Today, I realize, that although I felt lost and alone, God knew right where I was the whole time. He was watching after me. He was picking up after me like a loving Father does. He has been patiently waiting for me to come back to Him.
Waiting for me to run back into His open arms.
And so today I run.
I run into His arms where I met by His love. And surrounded by His love I find…