September 7, 2017 | Uncategorized | 0 comments | Author:

When I plan my days, I plan for joy. For the best. For good things and fun times.

I don’t plan for trauma. Hospitalizations. Wrecks. Sickness. Weakness.

But those things come, and when they do, they surprise me. Always.

We took this week as a “staycation.” Our summer was crazy busy, and we needed some serious family time. My husband was able to take an entire week off, the first one in nearly a year. Our family made a list of all the things we hoped to do.

And we’ve done a lot of them.

But on day one of our vacation my dad, who is 89, ended up in the hospital. He had internal bleeding, and despite assuring us all that he was fine, ended up getting several blood transfusions, having medications changed.

He was discharged today, and is doing well, but it took time. Energy. Extra care. It surprised us.

So much of life is like that. We aren’t prepared. We aren’t ready. But God is.

He has told us those things are coming. The hard things. The stuff we’d rather avoid. And He has told us this:

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

And after those words, He tells us this:

“When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2

We will go through deep waters and rivers of difficulty. We will walk through the fire of oppression.

We will.

But not alone.

“For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

And that One, the LORD, our God, our Savior, He will be with us. He will not allow us to drown, or burn up or even be consumed.

Hold tight. Because He has your eternity in His hands today.

Praying that you have the strength and courage to keep going no matter how deep, how hot, how hard your circumstances are today ♥
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