Boast In The Lord January 9th, 2022

A Word From Danielle Yang

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

Recently, I took an EMS call where we had to carry the patient up and down some steps in a specialized chair. As we struggled to navigate the front steps, I look up and the patient had an absolute death grip on either side of the doorframe. We needed to get him to the hospital, but his grip was effectively preventing us from going anywhere except to stay shivering in the doorway.
That’s when it hit me. All too often, this is what we do to God. We call for help and when God shows up, instead of trusting the One who holds the past, present, and future, the One who wrote the stars and painted the moon, we decide that it’s a better idea to hold onto the doorframe of our past. 
Hey kiddo, God says gently, I need you to let go of that doorframe or I can’t get you out.
I’m afraid You’ll drop me, we tell God. What if You’re not strong enough? 
And that’s when He reminds us that He is an awesome God. God knows that the sidewalk will have twists and turns. God knows that there will be more steps and bumps and rough terrain to navigate. And He knows what hope and help await us at the end of this journey. I’m going to carry you every step of the way, He tells us. I won’t drop you, and I will never drop you. All I need you to do is let go of that doorframe.
Maybe you’re still holding on to that doorframe, that whisper from your past, something you’ve always known and can’t really imagine life without. Or maybe you’ve let go of that doorframe but you’ve been bumping along the sidewalk for years and years, and all you want is for the waiting to end. 
God knows. God sees. God hears. And He will never, ever drop you.

God, You are good. You are strong. You are enough. I believe that You hold the future. I believe that You know the plans You have for me, and that those plans are good. I believe that You will never let me down. Help me to trust You. Show me how to surrender. Give me the strength to let go and peace in the waiting. Pour out Your goodness on me so my life will echo the joy of Your promises. Teach me how to love like You, Father. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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