I am telling you again, I have been in a 3 week slump. I have not been able to pray, or read the Word or do anything that I would consider spiritually uplifting. Sadly, I have been able to get angry, be selfish and manipulative, and lazy. Ugh. Guilt fests and emotional toilet flushes have abounded.
This week, I am faced with a scheduled trip to fulfill a speaking engagement on the subject of encouraging women!! I awoke this morning, full of dread and fear realizing that I have not prepared at all!! This is not false humility but harsh reality; I am not ready. Lying in the hotel bed, I feebly eeked out a prayer of desperation….”God, you have brought me here but I am unprepared and need you.” Then, my mind wandered away and UGH, again! “God, help please!”
Mind wanders again and I find myself deleting emails from my phone. As I am selecting which ones to delete, my eye catches the word, “Arise” in the subject line of an email that I am automatically sent from crosswalk.com. Curiousity more than anything compelled me to open the email. I began reading the writer’s telling of Jesus healing the young daughter of Jairus. As I read, the tears began to flow. God heard my cry and like the good shepherd He is, reached down and gathered me in His arms. Here is the excerpt from the devotional:
…..And though she was already dead, Jesus went to the little girl and said one thing: “Get up.” (Mark 5:41)
And she did.
Is He calling you to do the same today?
Hear this: it doesn’t matter who you were before He told you to get up. In fact, I love how little we know about the characters in this story because it speaks volumes about who our Savior is. There was only faith by the grace He supplied–everything else was Him bringing death to life.
The new basis of her identity was this: she was dead and Jesus brought her back to life. If you believe in Him, that’s your story too.
Last year, last week, even what you did last night does not define you. Your sin, your shame, your accolades, your family name–none of these details matter compared to the truth of who He is and who you are in Him. The fruit God produces after He raised you from the dead can be beautiful and glorifying to God, but you are everything you are because of the moment when He said: “Little girl, I say to you, get up.”
You are everything you are because he brought you back.
You are everything you are because you are loved.
You are everything you are because you’ve been made alive. No sin in your life is beyond the power of Christ’s forgiveness, and no brokenness is beyond the reach of His healing, restoring touch. It’s time to get up. Arise.
(Excerpted from the She Reads Truth Bible. Published by Holman Bibles, Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams, general editors. copyright 2017)
Wow!! My God heard me. He answered me. He reminded me again that He is the faithful one. Because of who He is, I can get up. Because of who He is, I can fulfill my calling. Because of who He is, I am restored.
“Oh God, thank you for the new mercies of today. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Use me if you will, but thank you for your love and mercy. Thank you that YOU are the faithful one!”