“I will stand my ground where hope can be found.”
– Lauren Daigle
Maybe I’m just noticing it more. But lately I’ve heard more negativity than normal. I’ve heard these three comments just in the past week:
- “The world is just awful now”
- “Everything is going downhill”
- “There’s nothing good anymore”
I have a friend who could have died Sunday. Another friend and I visited her in ICU on Monday. She was still alive, but barely.
As we prayed over her for healing and to wake up from her coma, we didn’t know if we’d ever see her alive again.
So before we left, I leaned over and told her I loved her and thanked her for being my friend. Could she hear me? I didn’t know. I needed to say it anyway.
Horrible things like this are real. We can’t, nor shouldn’t, deny bad things in this world.
But amazing things are going on, too.
- Hungry are being fed
- Poor are being clothed
- Sick are being healed
- Babies are being born
- Marriages are being formed
- Souls are being freed
Maybe it doesn’t happen all at once, not to everyone at once.
But it’s happening at some time, somewhere, to someone, every single second.
And to God be the glory for it.
Minutes after I arrived home Monday afternoon, I received this text about my friend in the hospital:
Why did God choose to wake up my friend in this ICU unit, and not one beside her in the next unit? I don’t know.
What I do know is to give God praise for the good I do see.
And to believe that more is on the way.
- Because God is good.
- God is powerful.
- And God is faithful.
Does that mean bad things are over? Not yet.
But wait for it. It’s coming.
Let’s stand our ground where hope can be found.
If we don’t see God at work, perhaps we’re just not looking.
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Where have you seen God at work in your week? Please share in the comments.
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