Words of Hope: Messages to Persevere
Sometimes, I write messages to myself when I am in the middle of a crisis. I keep them as reminders that this painful moment will pass. Like the travails of labor, this suffering will lessen and by God’s grace something beautiful can emerge. During a staff meeting recently, our team members wrote a message to themselves to read the following week. It’s good to remember how life changes, what seems unbearable becomes bearable. What was momentary ecstasy is often forgotten. As the staff reread their individual life messages from the week prior, it was amazing how the notes evoked the state of mind and the emotional experience that we now have moved on from.
These small messages to myself I keep in a prayer box on my desk. They remind me what I am begging God for, or struggling with, or upset about, will likely change. If I am not intentional, a new crisis will fill the spot. Instead of wishing these trials to be over, I pray for wisdom to learn from them. As I write, I ask God to take what is difficult and make it beautiful; to turn what is troubled, by God’s power, into something healed.
One of the aspects of Jesus that shocked crowds was his authority over those who were demon possessed. Jesus spoke the words and they were instantly forgiven, released, and restored. As I write down my struggle, I remember that God has power beyond my imagination.
Is there anything in your life right now you need to write down in faith that currently feels hopeless, but you can trust God by HIS power to redeem?
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” – Ephesians 3:20-21