After reading a devotional the other day, I reflected back on my life and came to the sad realization of how I am always asking, asking and asking God for His intervention in my life and actually not coming back to simply express gratitude when He (always) redeems the situation. I found myself literally on my hands and knees pleading to release me of what He was allowing in my life at that time. The quote I read from She Reads Truth made me step back to consider how I actually respond to God, my Father, when He indeed lifts those burdens from that season in my life. When you are in the midst of “fighting” a battle in whatever season it may be, as humans we tend to not look for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Over the past couple months the Lord has allowed me to undergo specific circumstances that would strengthen my faith and dependence on Him, increase my confidence in who He has created me to be, and exercise my voice on behalf of others. I have never felt stretched so thin in my life! It was truly one of the most trying seasons of my life. But God… God in all His goodness and greatness heard my plea. Day after day of fighting for what is right for the sake of another and my voice not being taken nor even considered was a humbling reality of Who really IS in control. Trusting in the sovereignty of God does not seem so simple when you go through a trial or situation that requires patience and endurance. 1 John 2:28 says, “And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.”

“Abide, Janelle. Abide in Me. Come.”, He told me.

Those sweet words were spoken softly to me as I surrendered it to Him. I told Him I couldn’t do it anymore (I actually yelled). I was frustrated. My voice was not being heard. I was fighting…so…hard. After my frustration and yelling passed, He continued to bring His words to remembrance from Psalm 40:2 which says, “He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.”

“Janelle, I am drawing you up. You’re secure. You’ve been faithful. Come.”, He said again. 

He did in fact release me of that burden. He heard my cries and answered my prayers. My voice was heard BY HIM. He hears and knows what is best in all situations. He fights on our behalf when our words do not even suffice.

“Jesus, thank you. Thank you. You have lifted me up. Thank you.”

We are constantly in a battle that is called the process of life. The process that He is making us look more like Himself. Take the time to go back and praise and thank your Father for all He does in our lives. He always provides strength to get through the day, and His mercies are new every morning. Renew your body, soul and spirit in the Father today as we rejoice in our current sufferings. He WILL draw us up. He will plant our feet on solid ground. He will fight for us. Let His will be done.

Exodus 14:14 – “The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Be Still.