Over the past 10 days I have been recovering from what seemed to be a bout with pneumonia (so doc's tell me). Never had it before, never want it again. But with every dark cloud there is a blessing to be gained. Time alone, and time spent reading and in prayer has gotten me re-centered on Him. Along with my favorite worn green Bible, I also like to find time to read the words of Corrie ten Boom and Charles Spurgeon.
So yesterday, I sat on the porch and invited Mr. Spurgeon to speak to my heart once again. In his book, JOY in Your Life he steers in on John 14:27.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
He reminds me that a troubled heart will not help us in our difficulties or out of them. In times of drought, tears have never brought on the showers of rain. It may be a dark night, but the darkness of our heart will not light a candle for us. Tears will not wash away our woe.
Though we have fallen very low, we might have fallen lower if it were not that underneath us are the everlasting arms. WOW, that sentence just lit me up! How true, how we forget His arms are there holding us up.
There is nothing that anyone on this earth can do or say to me that can remove His arms from holding me up. Not by their words, their actions or their hardened heart. There is no pit so deep that His hands are not deeper still (Corrie ten Boom). Jesus is the most important person in my life, and with Him holding me up, I will be just fine.
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