As I opened my journal to write out my thoughts and prayers this morning, my heart felt heavy. At first I couldn’t even think what to write. Where should I begin? How could I turn it all over to the Lord?
In my heart and mind I felt the jumble of needs.
The spiritual weight of several people I love who have never surrendered to the Lord. Or those who have surrendered but are distant from Him now, hurting themselves and others with that distance.
The emotional weight of watching people dear to me struggle under grief, uncertainty, and need.
The mental weight of seeing my own schedule and todo list, wondering how to balance it all while still being available for my family and the ministry needs around me.
I just didn’t know how to begin to pour it all out before the Lord.
But we had music playing – instrumental Christmas music. The song running at the time was a piano version of “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
The first line ran through my mind as I listened:
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
All I could think to write was,
Joyful and triumphant? That’s not how I feel this morning, Lord. But I will still come adore You. For You alone truly are worthy.
Do you realize that He is not just worthy – He is faithful? Oh, so very, very faithful. Powerfully faithful. And in that moment, He showed that faithfulness to me.
Not many words followed on my journal page, but one powerful thought took control: the reminder that He can take any of the things weighing down on my heart and use them for His glory.
But, it doesn’t stop there. He doesn’t just take any of it. He takes all of it. Let that sink in a minute. There is no picking and choosing. There is no sense that He has to prioritize and only handle certain things for His glory. No, He has the power to take all of it – every single thing that weighs us down – and glorify Himself through it.
It still doesn’t stop there, though. He not only has the power and the ability. He not only can. He will. There is a certainty.
He will do it!!
Not some. All.
Maybe not the way I would choose or want. Maybe not in any way I can foresee. And maybe still not without heartache on our part. But, it will be the way that is, beyond a doubt, best. And He will be glorified.
What is weighing you down this week? What has you maxed out and overwhelmed. What has you in tears? What has you anxious and stressed?
Whatever it is, be assured that He will use it beautifully for His glory.
May I share something with you, my friends? I feel it now. The struggles are still there. But now the joy and triumph are too. Oh, what a mighty God we serve who can turn that around in a matter of seconds!
Will you come adore Him with me?