I noticed one of the old helium balloons in our house had more bounce and firmness than the others in the bunch. I was confused at first, because I was sure it had been almost completely deflated the last time I saw it.
In fact, the previous day, when I laid eyes on the shiny metalized nylon, which had wrinkled and fallen from the air, I surmised that it was headed toward the trash pretty soon.
You see, I have a habit of keeping balloons from festive occasions far longer than most. I save them until all their buoyancy is gone from the majority of the gas seeping out.
It doesn’t make sense.
But while I’m confessing, I also keep roses until they are drooping and crunchy as dried out autumn leaves. By the time I toss them, the petals have changed colors and lost all signs of life, while the leaves are virtually disintegrated. It’s somewhat messy, but I hang onto sentimental moments and sweet gestures for as long as possible.
So anyway, of the six helium balloons in my bedroom waiting for their day to be dumped, there was just that one, still firm and floating, puzzling me.
Finally, in an effort to solve the mystery, I pointed and asked the Hobbs children, “Hey, does anyone know if this balloon was like that yesterday?”
Because my memory can be unreliable at times, I wanted to make sure I was not mistaken in my assumption that something was different.
Something actually had changed the state of that balloon.
Turns out, our son Kedar had blown it up again. I didn’t realize that was possible with helium balloons. But after he demonstrated how easy it was to huff and puff, and restore the balloon to its former state, I understood how he literally breathed new life into what was once deflated.
Friend, just like helium escapes from a balloon, over time, our faith, hope and expectations for a bright future can leak out. Disappointment, heartache and hardship have a way of deflating us, sapping the life out of our vision, and bringing us down.
If you can relate to that and have been going through a season of loss, lack and trouble, I have a simple message for you: God is about to breathe new life into your situation.
I know you may not think it’s possible.
Some things seem too far gone, difficult and impossible to ever fix, restore, or renew. But we’re talking about God here. Where is your faith?
Is anything too hard for Him?
No, nothing is—not even your conundrum.
As the saying goes, “God specializes in doing the impossible.”
You likely remember the biblical story of Lazarus. He died and Jesus didn’t show up until he had already been in the tomb for four days according to John 11:17. The Bible records that loved ones were mourning his loss and felt that Jesus was too late to do any good.
Can you blame them?
Just as Lazarus had died, so had their hope for a resolution.
But it was not over.
While others were focusing on all the reasons there was no hope, Jesus was gearing up to work a miracle.
In verse 39, when he told them to roll the stone away, Lazarus’s sister Martha thought the Savior was going too far. She told Him the stench of the decomposing body would be too great. There was no way this was a good idea!
But when Jesus called Lazarus forth, no matter who didn’t believe it, the one who was once dead, got up at Christ’s command.
You’ll get up again also, because the Lord has commanded it to be so. When He speaks, everything has to move. Things must line up.
Like the dry bones in Ezekiel 37, you will live again. As the Prophet of God said in verse 10, “So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath and spirit came into [the bones], and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceedingly great host,” so, too, will you live and get back up.
Your worst days are history. God is doing a new thing.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring Isaiah 43:19 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be motivated to keep on believing and looking with expectation for the day when the resurrection of your situation will take place.
Once again, God has commanded it to be so.
It has to happen.
Whatever your Lazarus situation is, don't worry. Whether four days, four weeks, four months, four years or what feels like for-ever has passed, it will all work out.
Implausible as it may be, it is not impossible for God.
Your divinely inspired dreams will come to pass. Doors that have closed in your face will open. Your destiny will come forth just as Lazarus did from that grave.
God is breathing new life into your circumstances.
Sure, you may feel like you’re always “a day late and a dollar short,” but God is always on time and His arm is not too short to save you according to Isaiah 59:1.
Right now, God is speaking to every divinely-ordained thing in your life that seems dead and saying, "Come forth!"
Now let’s pray together.
Father, thank You for breathing the breath of life into my situation. I rejoice over the fact that You are resurrecting dreams and reviving hopes I lost during my time of testing. Today, I look forward with earnest expectation of the great things You will do in my life. I praise You in advance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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