On day #3, I’m grateful for strength…It has been said that “fear not” was commanded of the people 366 times in the Bible. Now, I can’t back that up, but what I can say is that if it’s true, then we have direction for every day of the year including leap year. I think it’s more than evident that God understands the temptation to fear. He knows weapons will be formed against us, that they may even have the audacity to come against us but He also knows that they will NEVER prosper. I think it’s reminding us of that truth. There’s some truths I know but somehow when I’m going through I don’t even think of it and immediately once it’s over I’m like, “Next time, I’m going to this or that…I’ll be ready to pass the test.” … and sometimes I do pass and sometimes I don’t but I definitely want to work on that. We need to be reminded often so that it’s a natural response and when things arise out of the blue, like they tend to do, our natural response is to follow the intended instruction.
When I think of the concept of strength it’s really very interesting to me. It’s something that touches on so many aspects of our lives and to say that I’m thankful for it, is actually kinda generic. You can have actual, physical strength, mental strength, a sense of strength, etc. So to make it more specific, I can’t believe I’m saying this…I guess I’m grateful for the trials that made me strong. I would’ve never known what was in me until I was persecuted, thrown away, talked about, lied on, lied to, mistreated, cheated on, overlooked…you get where this is going…but this isn’t a pity party, this is a celebration! (Cue, the song, I can see Clearly Now the Rain Is Gone.)
It’s funny how things happen. I know that I’ve been in situations where I was thinking, “Lord, I don’t know how this can get better. How are you going to make this work for my good?” Then in the midst of going through it, you think, “Lord, you said you wouldn’t give me more than I can bear. You must think I’m the strongest person in the world because I don’t think I can do this.” Then, out of nowhere, the smoke clears and you’re still standing. He did it!! We did it!! Thank you, Lord for strength I didn’t know I had.
I know that you may have had to face similar issues or situations as well, please share your insight about what I’ve said, what you’ve personally experienced or even what you are grateful for by commenting below. I’d love to hear about it. You guys have an amazing day and I’ll talk to you soon.