"Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive fails and the fields produce no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, I will [choose to] rejoice in the Lord; I will [choose to] shout in exultation in the [victorious] God of my salvation! The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army]; He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet and makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility]."
Have you experienced difficult times in your life? Have you had seasons where it felt like you simply didn’t want to get up in the morning, and everything around you was bleak?
For me, I have experienced a few seasons like this. We had a season of financial crisis that lasted seven years. It was very painful as we walked through many losses of worldly treasures. We struggled to buy groceries and clothes for our children. We felt weary year after year as we worked to keep ourselves above water.
This morning I felt to just worship the King of kings before even asking for anything because He truly is worthy of that, the King on the throne. I played two songs, one of the them being a song by the name of Way Maker, absolutely incredible song.
"Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.“
With God, there is always an exchange. We come to Jesus weary and heavy burdened. And we leave refreshed, eased, and with new strength.
All we have to do is come to him first. Jesus asks: "Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden?“ What is your answer to this question? What does your heart say? If your answer is YES, Jesus offers you: "Then come to me.“ He’s already there, waiting for you, ready for you. What is hindering you from coming to him first?
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
You are a one of a kind. No one is just like you. God has amazing purposes for every person on this planet.
You have been filled with gifts, talents and dreams and this world needs who you are. God knew that others would need what He planted in you ever before you were born.