By: Dawn Ashley
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. (Lamentations 3:22-24)
I have been in a season where I have been praying about a situation in my family life that I needed God’s intervention. I needed Him to make a way where there seemed no way. I needed hearts healed and softened. I needed God to replace a heart of stone for the heart of flesh just as He did in . I was holding on to the hope that I know lies in Christ when it seemed hopeless at times. Time often seemed to stand still. Many times it went from bad to worse. I had to continue to press in and believe God is faithful. I will be honest, often believing was a conscious choice, not a feeling. Many times it was hard and came with anguish and countless tears, but I held on to hope because I know that I know God is faithful . He has shown Himself time and time again and always comes through in His perfect timing and His perfect way. Then slowly, I began to see small signs that God was at work and I went from feeling hopeless to completely undone with utter amazement at the faithfulness of God in showing up once again. I began to see my child’s heart beating once again with the soft, humble, compassionate flair that always made him stand out and what made him so loved by all that know him. I began to watch God heal him right before my eyes and watched him begin to set his life back on course in a way only God could do. God literally breathed on every dry bone and made them come alive again just as he did in Ezekiel 37:1-14. I sit back now and wonder how I could ever doubt Him. God is so faithful.
My friends I don’t know where you are holding on to hope by a string in your life but, I assure you God is moving even when we don’t see it and when it is time for God to unveil the masterpiece He has been painting behind the curtain it will utterly take your breath. He doesn’t leave a work unfinished.
This Thanksgiving let’s really try to reflect on the faithfulness of God and all He has done for us. Look back through an old journal or reflect on the answered prayers in your life. Think back to how far God has taken you in your life and the countless blessings you take for granted every day in the simple, ordinary, average day. Don’t let the holiday season overwhelm you with all the tasks at hand. Don’t let the hopeless situation in your life rob you of the joy of this season, because with Christ nothing is hopeless. With Christ we always have hope and because of that we can give thanks this season in all things, all circumstances. Stop and reflect this Thanksgiving on all the ways God has blessed your life and then give him thanks in advance for all those unanswered prayers that you know He is working on right now. In this place my friends you will find peace and joy in a season often met with anxiety and stress.
This Thanksgiving I encourage you to simply live out this scripture. Bring your requests before God, let go of the anxiety and trust God with the rest. Pray with thanksgiving already in your heart for you know for those that love God, He works all things together for good (Romans 8:28) When you do this the peace that only God can provide will guard your heart and mind.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7)
Never stop believing, God’s compassion is new for us every morning. He is faithful, He is your portion, wait on him….and in the wait this Thanksgiving give him thanks for He is faithful. I close with the chorus to the old hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”.
Great Is Thy faithfulness,
Great Is Thy faithfulness,
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me!