I was searching for something very special and valuable to me. I looked everywhere I thought it might be and even the places I knew it likely wasn’t. I moved furniture, got down on my hands and knees, peeked inside nooks and crannies.
The thing was on my dresser that morning. By the time evening rolled around, I felt more concerned that my wedding ring was nowhere to be found.
After numerous starts and stops, and hours later, still, it didn’t turn up.
When my husband Kenya joined the ring search and rescue mission, it took him about a half hour before he triumphantly held up the golden ring I’ve had since our 1998 wedding.
“Here it is!” he smiled, relieved.
Just as I suspected, I had accidentally knocked it off the dresser top and into one of the open drawers while getting dressed. But I couldn’t locate it, though I sensed it was near.
The same thing happened the following day with a different item. I dropped it, watched it fall and then scrambled to pick it up. Thankfully, I retrieved it quickly… with the exception of one piece that dislodged.
I looked hurriedly, but didn’t have time to do a thorough search because I had to go somewhere. So I let out an annoyed sigh and headed for the door. I figured, I’d just look for it when I got back home.
About an hour after returning, I opened a cabinet, looking for something else entirely. There it was, that one piece that had gone missing. It had bounced its way onto a shelf while I was reaching in to get something from the storage space. It slipped right into that opening without me noticing.
The whole time, it was inches away from me. I breathed a sigh of relief and went on my way happily.
Don’t you love it when things come together and a problem gets resolved in a day or even less than a day?
Now, wouldn’t it be wonderful if every problem had a quick solution? Too bad that’s just not the case. Sometimes, things go wrong—really wrong—over an extended period of time. It can be multiple things all at once, in fact.
It can seem like what I call a “snowball season”. It’s those times when problems grow bigger and bigger, like a metaphorical snowball rolling down a hill, gathering more flakes as it goes. It starts out small and enlarges.
During snowball seasons, issues pile up. One thing goes wrong and then another, and another, until you have a whole heap of issues.
You know those times that make you say, if it seems it can, it will go wrong? Ever had a snowball season?
Nobody likes them. During these moments, it takes all the fight you have in you not to get discouraged, worried and stressed.
Well, during one of these most unpleasant times in my life, where hardly anything seemed to be going right, I read these words: “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! ...” (Psalm 43:5, NLT).
Put your hope and confidence in the Lord. Rough times don't last always! He will bring you out.
His word cut through the noise of the negative voices of defeat and reminded me of where my hope should be: in God.
Not my circumstances.
I know it’s easy to get focused on situations and struggles, especially when things get bad like they did for David while he was on the run from jealous King Saul.
I’ve shared on previous occasions from 1 Samuel 27, when David sought refuge in Philistine territory with his 600 men and his family. He asked Achish, king of Gath, to assign him a safe place to stay. Achish gave David a place called Ziklag, where he lived for a year and four months.
But one day, while off at war, his enemies, the Amalekites, burned down his home in Ziklag, took his family captive, as well as all the soldiers’ families. His own people blamed him and talked about stoning him.
Talk about a low point! Just like that, life took a turn for the worst.
In Hebrew, Ziklag means “winding.”
Life can feel a lot like a winding road that takes unexpected twists and turns. Suddenly, you can be thrown a curve ball where all seems lost.
But you know what David did? After he finished crying and feeling sorry for himself, in 1 Samuel 30:6, Scripture says he encouraged himself in the Lord.
And you know what happened?
Verses 18-19 tells us David recovered everything. Everything. The Bible says nothing was missing.
Then, two days later, David got word that Saul was killed in battle. Finally, he would be able to take his rightful place on the throne.
Friend, I don’t know what you’re going through, but I believe there is a message for you here today. God sees all you have been facing and how difficult the walk along the winding road of life has been for you.
You have been hit with all sorts of things. Adversity has come knocking at your door. You’ve been feeling discouraged and unsure of how things will ever work out. But the Lord is with you.
Just as David recovered what the enemy stole from him, you, too, will recover. You must know without a doubt that you will!
Life might be hectic right now, but a shift is coming. You’ve got to believe.
To help you do that, I’m stirring Psalm 43:5 NLT, the scripture that helped me during my snowball season, into your cup of inspiration. “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again--my Savior and my God!”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, place your hope in God. Encourage yourself in the Lord. Know that you will recover in due season.
In the meantime, praise the Lord in the midst of the trial in anticipation of the triumph that is to come.
You’re coming out of this.
You will recover.
Now let’s pray.
God, when discouragement with my present circumstances comes to stamp out my faith for future breakthroughs, please remind me that restoration is coming. In all things, teach me to believe in the sovereignty of Your will and the surety of Your promises spoken over my life. 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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