I said good-bye to my husband as he walked out the door this morning, but somewhere, some woman, did not. I have no fears as to where he is going, or who who he is meeting, but somewhere, some woman, does. I’m not broken today, but somewhere, some woman, is.
Her hope is fleeting. Her faith is weak. Her walls are closing, and the last thing she wants to do is stand. She has no strength to speak any words, let alone speak words of faith. Her eyes are too swollen to see, let alone read her Bible. Her knees have failed her, and so she lays on the floor, head buried in the arms that he has no desire to feel. Darkness is setting in as questions and doubts flood her mind. Was there something more she could have done? Had she not given it her all? How could everything not be enough?
I see her. Through groans and shortened breaths she prays, “Lord, I cannot do anything else. I have tried and tried and I have nothing else. I can do no more. I need you to do it. I need you to raise me to my feet. I need you to lift this darkness. I need you to give me the strength to make it through this moment and walk me through today.”
Then something happens. Her tears stop. The darkness lifts. Peace fills her soul and she stands.
He is still gone, but without a doubt, the LORD remains. HE lifts her to her feet, wraps HIS arms around her and begins to walk her through her day.
She looks out her windows and sees the sun through the clouds. The Lord whispers, “It will get better.” She sees a beautiful blossom on a tree near by beginning to open, and hears Him whisper, “You are beautiful and you are only beginning to blossom.”
A smile returns to her swollen face. And throughout her day, sweet words echo in her mind,
“I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not evil. You have a future. You have a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“I am able to do far more than you can do, far more than you can even think, far more than you could ever ask. My strength is abundant and I am raising up my strength in you.” (Ephesians 3:20)
“No trouble, no hardship, no height and no depth will ever separate you from MY love.” (Romans 8:28)
“I am with you, even until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
Praying today for that woman somewhere. May she stand and may HIS peace and HIS love flood her soul and walk her through her day.