When We Face Uncertain Times

Today we face new challenges.  My husband somehow contracted poison ivy from our yard.  It has since turned into cellulitis and he is having deep tissues bruising in his feet and legs.  At this moment, he is heading to the hospital for tests.  All we know is that it is continually getting worse.  I searched to find a devotional that would fit for today:  A day, I do not seem to be able to write amidst everything else that is happening. I pray it speaks to you if you are in the middle of a crisis - ongoing or new.

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again. (Psalm 71:20-21, NIV)

I don’t really remember reading this verse before.  Sometimes it seems I don’t “see” a verse, until I need it.  As our family continues to face uncertainty with my husband’s cancer and my challenges seem to go on and on and on – I find I need encouragement myself.  

This verse almost jumped out at me.  Here it is acknowledged by the writer of Psalm 71 (attributed to either David or Jeremiah – neither a stranger to adversity), that we will see difficult times in our life.  Yet, I see repeating words in these words that lifts me to a more positive place.  

The words?

“You will.”

Not once or twice, but three times, the writer of these words boldly proclaims, “You WILL restore my life again,” “You WILL bring me up,” “You WILL increase my honor and comfort me.”

I am amazed by the certainty of those statements.  They are words that touch my heart today.  Yes – this is where our family is right now – but one day it will be different.  Things aren’t always going to be the way they are right now.  

How bold to confidently make those statements.  They show such courage.  

It is always so comforting for me to know that there are others who have gone before me on this road – that there are others who are traveling it with me now -  who also know that one day it will be different.  The most glorious part of all?

God will be the One who makes the difference.

Father God, Thank you for all of Your promises.  Some days promises are all we have to cling to as we face uncertain futures. The only confidence that is possible today is confidence in You.  Amen and amen.

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