Let Father God join the dots of your life
Had a lovely word from Father this morning as I was reading through Lamentations 3. The first 19 verses are stern stuff, but then 20 - 24 ... He reminded me all I have to do is 'hope in Him', keep my focus on Him. Easier said than done most of the time. The cross-reference in The Gardener's Bible is Hosea 6:1-3 'come let us return to the Lord.. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds' - He said it so He will do it. But I really loved verse 2 'after 2 days He will revive us, on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in His presence.' .. of course referring to Jesus rising on the third day.
Why this was so profound for me was because I had recently been reading Megan Caldecourt's book 'Unleash the Power of Your Story'... getting back in touch with those moments/events/tragedy of our past and, rather than pushing them away, or remembering only how they injured us, we must reconnect with them and acknowledge, awful as it was, it was still my timeline... where Father had put me, in whatever family, to go through whatever events... so it must be okay, eventually. In rejecting the pain and tragedy, we leave blank spaces, fracture our timeline, and in doing so, leave 'gaps' in our lives, like a car without an accelerator pedal, or a jigsaw puzzle with a few missing pieces... the picture is never quite complete and we can't move forward if one part is missing.
Meditating on my life, the spirit showed me some of the missing bits of my life, and when I came to a place of acceptance (peace, even), He said 'the third day He will restore us' - I could see my life in three chapters - the first chapter of 20 years was a big huge messy blow-out, the second chapter of 20 years things were better but not great...'He revives us'... so I could see how I'm now in my third chapter where He 'restores us' - '..press on to acknowledge him. surely as the sun rises He will appear'.
He has my life plan in the palm of His hand and if I believe the sun will rise tomorrow, then surely I believe He has everything under control and will restore me. I don't know what that looks like.. and it won't be 20 years for everyone... I could just see that for my life, acknowledging that the awful bits were part of my timeline, a comforting, peaceful feeling of hope washed over me.