I know you are doing your best to weigh me down. I know you love to see me worried, frustrated, and bothered. You love to see me tired, overwhelmed, and empty. Ready to throw in the towel. You’d like that, wouldn’t you?
Yes, when I get knocked back and stunned by people who criticize and talk about me, I know you take such delight. You watch while others, who should know better, leave me speechless with their words and actions while you sit back and quietly cheer them on. You whisper in their ears to take the jab, the sucker-punch, or the stab in the back.
Yes, I know…really, its you.
You love to dish out as much sickness, pain, and depression as possible stealing abundance and joy at every turn. So many around are enduring such difficult tragedy and grieving such loss while you are trying your best to make them forget. To make me forget.
But I won’t forget.
In fact, I am learning it a little more each day. I am learning just how much God loves me.
Are you nervous? You should be.
See, I am learning that no matter what you throw at me, it can’t change the fact that I am deeply loved. At one time just knowing that God loved me to save me from my sin was enough. But now, I’m beginning to realize it’s even more than that. It’s growing in me like the dawn growing brighter into a new day. It’s growing in me like a tiny ember fanning into a wild flame. He loves me!!
I may be hard-pressed but you can’t crush me.
I may be perplexed but you can’t make me despair.
I may be persecuted but you can’t make Him abandon me.
I may be struck down but you can’t destroy me.
Because at the end of the day no matter what you’ve done to me, His Love never fails, it never gives up, and it never runs out on me. And, I can face anything because His Love guards my heart and gives me the strength to keep going.
So, I will keep turning the other cheek. I will keep forgiving. I will keep standing up for what is right. I will keep loving others. He will keep pouring into me and I will keep pouring it out on others and Love will come full circle. I will love Him more each day until every fiber of my being is completely consumed by Him.
He loves me. And, there’s not a thing you can do about it.