Friends, it truly was/is my intention to post a minimum of twice a month – but there was a lot going on the beginning of the year and in particular in February. And by the time I recuperated, well … here we are living through COVID-19. What a different world it is since my last post!
What was going on, you ask?
One of my precious grandchildren was diagnosed with something as a small child (you can probably tell by the way that I’m writing this, that we are all standing in faith for her healing) and late last year she began to experience a new challenge in her health. Back and forth for testing, starting new medications and experiencing new complication, then taking her off them again. All the while fervently praying for God to show Himself strong and deliver her from the sudden attack from an enemy who came out of nowhere.
Take heart – the end of the story (this particular story) is good. Very good, in fact! But at the time, it was emotionally-spiritually-physically challenging, to put it mildly.
Hmmm. As I’m writing, something about that sounds very familiar to what we all are experiencing around the globe with the sudden attack from an unexpected enemy – COVID-19.
“I am the BREATH on your back….”
In hind sight, it is easy to see that while things looked chaotic and quite frightening at the time, just out of the range of our eyesight, God was carefully putting all the pieces of the puzzle together – exactly the right piece, at precisely the right time – so that in the end, it all worked together for her (my granddaughter) good as well as the good of her entire family.
But back in January and February, there was some scary stuff going on. It was heart wrenching to see my granddaughter suffering so. And as a mom, it pained me to see my daughter and her husband strain under the weight they were carrying as parents, trying to navigate the unknown with faith instead of giving in to the fear that stalked us all daily.
But what comforted me then, and what gives me comfort in this new season of “COVID-19 Chaos” is a word the Lord whispered to me while I was crying out to Him one morning.
ME: Lord, I feel like I’ve followed you out into DEEP and STILL WATERS, and now here I sit … in a teeny little boat, without a paddle, and with absolutely no way to get myself to shore. If you don’t rescue me somehow, I’m lost!
HIM: I am the BREATH on your back, moving you forward.
Isn’t that a powerful word!?! It strengthens my heart and gives me courage that even though things look bleak at this precise moment in time, He is still moving me forward! Always! Even when my senses don’t register the movement or progress being made, He is still moving me forward!!
“I am the BREATH on your back, moving you forward into your destiny”
I’m working on a new piece of art (I haven’t painted in over a year!!) inspired by this Word. I hope to have it ready on my next post. Until then, take courage my friend. He is present in our times of trial, no matter how lonely we might be feeling. And He is still breathing! He will see us through to the other side ❤
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I really enjoyed this post Jenny! Any updates on the grandbaby?
Hi Stu. Yes, infact God has been doing some absolutely remarkable things in her life and for her throughout these last 7-8 months. I will be sure to share in an upcoming post (probably next week), as I’m determined to heed the voice of the Lord and get back to doing what He told me to do … share my story of Putting Hope To Work. I haven’t been doing such a great job of that throughout most of 2020, certainly in the context of blogging. Thankfully, He is the God of multiple chances, and has great patience with this daughter of the King.
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So glad to hear this😊 God is the Gos of second chances, thirds and more. Thank goodness. I have not share as much this year either. That has to change for me in 2021.
May God give you the words to share Jenny!
Wow. That is an exquisite word. I am excited for the beautiful artwork to come from it!