So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure” (Psalm 32:11, NLT)!
Celebrate! Delight! Rejoice! If I obey Him, I can rejoice in His faithfulness no matter the storm—no matter if my heart is torn. He also instructs that I am to be glad. This means that I am cheerfully willing—I am prepared—I am eager because in my surrender to His purpose, I have the assurance He is in control. Every day is hard, and the days stretch into the future with a sadness of loss that comes when watching a loved one gradually lose himself. Right now God’s purpose for me is to live this journey—to serve Him because He so loved me—to gain understanding of obedience from His perspective—to glean His wisdom in the midst of pain—to take great joy in the smallest blessings. I draw closer to my father in the moments that are quickly waning. I draw closer to the Lord because that is the only way I can walk this path. There is a tenderness of heart that only He can mold in me. There is a joy that only He is able to perfect. If I faithfully walk this path He was placed before me, I receive His promise of abundance. My life is abundantly joyful because in my weakness, I experience His strength. There is no greater peace than knowing He has given Himself to my need—that He has taken the burden and imparted His power. He lives in me in depths that I would have never known if I had refused. Faithful is He to do in me what He has asked of me. This journey purifies my heart. I rejoice in Him! I shout for joy that His purpose is my greatest promise!
© 2017 Lynn Lacher