Brooke is a 30-something single woman who loves Jesus and is just trying to follow Him every day. She works full-time in the publishing industry as a managing editor and spends her free time making pretty things, writing and attending as many Vince Gill concerts as she can. You can follow her on Twitter (@magnolia615) and visit her blog ( http://www.magnoliagrace.blogspot.com).
After a particularly stressful morning at work, I found myself at the local park during my lunch hour sitting in my car with tears rolling down my face. It was the day before America’s birthday and instead of feeling free, I felt broken, shattered and weak. The last few months had been difficult and the stress of work combined with a recent rejection tipped the scales that day to make me feel like I was at the bottom of the pit and would never find my way out.
I remembered I had grabbed my Bible that morning before leaving my house knowing I would need it that night for my study group. I randomly opened the book to Psalms and God brought these words to my attention: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18)”.
Crushed in spirit certainly described how I felt.
I underlined those words and wrote the word “trusting” beside them along with the date. I felt like God was speaking directly to my heart that afternoon and I wanted to remember the exact moment. I wanted to remember the exact moment that He lovingly reminded me of His closeness and His saving power.
I want to be able to look back and see how He brought me out of the discouraging season I’ve been in … because I know He will. He’s already begun to and I know He will continue to.
May you be reminded today that if you’re going through a dark season that God is working all things for your good even when it doesn’t feel like it. Trust in His word, obey His word and believe in His word. He keeps His promises. He will redeem and He will restore if we let Him.