encouragement for the days that are long and you can't see the light by Mary Bonner

After Amy died of a genetic disorder in 1992 I claimed 1 Peter 5:7 as my verse.

“Casting all your care upon him, because he cares for you.”

That’s a great verse. I still love it.

But today 1 Peter 5:10 hit me. “…after you have suffered a little while…will himself restore you.”

I don’t know about you today but I know I could use some restoration but it may be a little while. The NKJV says “settle you.” Being settled sounds lovely to me!

As I enter the season of Lent there are things that are uncertain and cloudy. Decisions to make that require patience and waiting.

But I know who I am waiting with and waiting on.

I believe he will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish (or settle!) but it might be a while.

I am doing Jennifer Dukes Lee‘s It’s All Under Control Bible Study during Lent. The book is something that is working on my heart and my control issues! And I already recognize that my need to control doesn’t make me settled and at peace. It causes me anguish! And makes me rattled.

Whatever road you are walking today know that he walks with you. There is no need you have that he doesn’t already know. No pain you have he hasn’t experienced.

He isn’t far away. He is right there in the trenches with us.

We just have to look for him and reach for his hand. He will guide us.

I first posted these words on Instagram and Facebook today. I have been surprised by how they have resonated with so many people in such a short time. So when I felt the nudge to post them here, I followed through. Maybe you aren’t on social media and needed to read them. I hope they will encourage you too.

Do you feel the need to be restored? Are heavy decisions weighing on you? How can I pray for you today?

If you would like to learn more about Amy, you can do that here and here.

 

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