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UNDAUNTED
For a few very hard years this word was my mantra.
The word means
-undismayed; not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort
-undiminished in courage or valor; not giving way to fear
But the truth is, I was often dismayed by everything that had taken place, and I did battle discouragement. I battled fear and doubts. I hurt and was angry, and sometimes "undaunted" sounded more like a mockery than a mantra, and I was determined to be real about all of it in these posts, thus the name, Undaunted Reality. More than that, though, I was determined to live undaunted, not because I'm so great or strong, but because my God is, and no matter what this world looks like, He is the only reality that matters.
I pray I live the reality of Him beautifully undaunted.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

I've Been Praying for a Soggy, White Christmas

As I write this, I'm looking out my window. Here in Texas, we've been in drought conditions for...a long time. Today...this CHRISTMAS day...the day of hope...we are walking in mud. The rain has fallen all night, and now it has given way...to snow.

My mind filled with the scripture from Isaiah 55:
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
 
There are so many I know this Christmas who are waiting for the promise. I believe the Lord wants you to know He remembers you. He knows your name. He knows His promise to you. He knows your heart's desire. He knows you are waiting...and wondering...
 
...Wondering when...IF...you've been forgotten...if the promise is for everyone but you...if you are waiting...for nothing.
 
He has not forgotten you. He has not forgotten the promise. His word is not void or empty.
 
It is no accident that the long prayed for rain and snow have come on this Christmas Day. It is no accident you reading this post. It doesn't matter if you found it on your own, subscribe to it, like it on Facebook, or someone sent it to you because you came to mind. This is in your hands because God knows YOU need it. YOU. He knows He need to be encouraged. He knows you need to be assured. He is the strength in weakness. He's not ashamed if you've begun to wane. He's the Lion of Judah stepping in to safe your faith, to lift you up, to re-establish your footing.
 
I don't know what drought you are in. I don't know what promises seem dead.
 

 

All I know is the ground is a soggy mess covered over by a few inches of snow in this drought hardened area of Texas. Promises are soaking in, germinating, preparing to blossom even as I type this to you. Just as it would be impossible for such blessing to fall from heaven and have no affect...even more impossible...is the ability of our God to speak...and accomplish nothing.
 
This is the second white Christmas in our area in about 90 years. This...never happens...and yet it did.
 
God wants you to know what you are waiting on "would never happen"...but watch...because it will.
 
Praying your faith stands and you hold on to the hope of your own personal soggy, white Christmas...in whatever form that takes for you.
 
Blessings,
Jerri


 

2 comments:

  1. You are so right. I needed to hear that. Right now! He gave me, "Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart. Wait on the Lord." And waiting is HARD, but God's word is NOT empty promises, but more like the rain that seeps deep into the hardened earth to ready it for plowing, seeding, and eventually the harvest. It is always enough.

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