How was your week? Is your heart tender with grief right now?
Did you cling to fresh hope after last week? Or did your days seem more challenging than ever?
What is your heart’s longing today? As you pass through the marketplace, surrounded by Mother’s Day gift advertisements, what is your heart’s cry? Is it “If only [someone] were here…”?
Is there a longing pouring out from the depth of your heart for the children you’ve lost or yet to have, a mother who is gone or uninvolved, a husband who is absent? Do you feel as if you’re trapped in a dark tunnel of impossibilities?
Dear friend, I think of Elijah today; a man of God who was afraid, discouraged, and overwhelmed by his physical circumstances. God met him there, ministered to him, and gave him new direction. (I encourage you to read the entire passage of 1 Kings chapter 19, but here is an excerpt.)
“And the word of the Lord came to Him: ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’
He replied, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.’
The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?'” (1 Kings 19:9-13)
I pray that you would seek out our Lord’s presence today; that His transforming power would speak to your heart. With a new hope in Christ, listen for that gentle whisper, as He does a gradual working in your life’s story. “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)
Just as Elijah was focusing on himself, are you possibly in that same discouraging trap today? God cared for Elijah, and did not allow him to continue carrying the burden of overwhelming despair. After ministering to Elijah’s physical needs, He called Elijah back to Himself and directed him. Will you allow Christ to call you to Himself today?
In the times I have found myself with a deep longing that seems so impossible, God has faithfully called me out of the sin of desiring something/someone more than Himself. I encourage you today, friend, to allow that longing to inspire an even deeper desire for God; allowing Him to fill you, instead of being filled with discouragement.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night…” (Psalm 42:1-2)
Pour out the desires of your heart to Him. Our Lord cares for you, as His daughter. (If you do not know Jesus Christ, I would love to talk with you, and show you how to become a daughter of the King!)
God may not instantly take away our season of grief, but He can draw us closer to Himself and bless us during the journey. Do not weep alone, my friend, and do not let the tears overwhelm you. Let our Lord wrap His arms around you, whisper to your heart and do His work in you, bringing His light to dark days. You will be amazed by His provision.
As Mother’s Day approaches, I am writing A Journey of Blessing: An Encouragement Series for women who are in challenging seasons of life; women who likely find Mother’s Day to be a difficult day. If you are one of them, I invite you to join me each Friday (or if you know of someone who might benefit from this series, send them this way). This post was Part 3. Here is Part 1: Encouragement and Part 2: Hope.
My heart is for you everyday; not just Mother’s Day. I will be continuing this series of encouragement each Friday, even though the holiday is passing, since I know your life journey is still continuing. I would love to hear your prayer requests, questions, and suggestions.
I am also looking for women interested in sharing their testimonies through such a journey. If you are interested in guest posting on Frugal Granola for this series, please let me know at frugalgranola (at) gmail (dot) com.