There are days when you just need some encouragement. Maybe a word or a hug or a laugh. Days that – for reasons you just can’t explain – are hard. Then along comes an email and a post that just lightens the load, that bears your burden, that speaks truth into your soul.
It’s only noon here, and it’s already been one of those days. I woke up just feeling blah. A little put out by the car repair…again. Then BOOM! CRASH! I fell. Right in the middle of Main Rd in Fish Hoek. Well, I wasn’t in the road….but in front of the bank as I was going to pay for that irritating car repair.
I don’t know what happened. My slip-slop (not a typo – means flip-flop) just folded over. And I, with no grace at all, fell up – yes, UP – the bank steps. Then two sweet old ladies began speaking. Checking to see if I was okay. No English. Afrikaans and Xhosa (I think).
Praise the Lord, I am okay. My left knee and hand bearing the bruises that will fade with time. But my heart aching. Still aching as I type this. But I recovered and carried on to the bank – to pay for that irritating car repair.
Home…needing encouragement. A quick texted to Ron revealed that I am not in this craziness alone. A deep breath and a little healing of my heart. Opening His Word to the reminder…”I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Paul’s word to Timothy speaking to me. Paul endured prison and a ship wreck and many, many horrible things. Yet, he rejoiced. Can I rejoice in this morning?
Then an email and a post from a sweet friend serving in Haiti. And the word…abide. I love that word. To abide, to stay, to remain!
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4
“Being in Him.
Filling up in Him.
Vivification, Building Faith in Him.
Staying in Him.” Jesu Se Espwa
Quote from Jezi Se Espwa. Jump over and read her adventures. Even with a broken ankle and another sprained ankle, she brings the light and love of Jesus as she serves. Thank you, sweet Stephanie, for your encouragement today 🙂
Even in this car repair, falling down kind of day, I can abide-stay-remain in Him. And it is okay!
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 John 4:16
And not only can I abide in Him….He abide – remains – stays with me. Even in this car repair, falling down day!