Proverbs 4:23 is one of many verses Sweet T and I memorized together in the early months of 2017. Our ministry to the homeless had expanded and we were regularly visiting the Center of Hope, a women’s shelter, and were committing Scripture to memory as part of our ministering to them. Proverbs 4:23 was among them and is a verse that has grown in its value and meaning to me in the months that have followed.
This morning, as I look back, I can see the aftermath of a tidal wave of storms that followed, knocking us off our path, shaking our faith and rattling our world in ways we could not have imagined. Yet, here we stand, safe in God’s arms and in the midst of new beginnings, guarding our hearts, for from them flow the springs of life.
Our church family has endured much these last two years. We have cried tears from unspeakable pain. Our heads were left spinning, our hearts left reeling. He has told us, what is good. And what does the Lord require of us but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly alongside Him (Micah 6:8)? God, in His wisdom, has trimmed leaves and pruned branches, reshaping our tree. As another Spring approaches, we are beginning to see new growth.
In the midst of the storms, good things have happened. It hasn’t been all bad. Difficult? Yes. Challenging? No doubt.
Spiritual growth occurs on the most narrow paths. It is not for the faint-hearted. While we may grow tired on the way, He renews our strength. In Him we find hope, for in Him is life and that life is the light that shines to all men, showing them the road home. It’s there, if we choose to take it. We won’t walk it alone. He is with us.
I am grateful for God’s help and for His healing. May He heal whatever is ailing you. Big or small.
Father God, thank You for Your guiding hand and for Your supernatural healing that mends our brokenness, soothes our heartache, and sees us through life’s storms. We can trust You, in good weather and bad, through seasons of growth and change, and in times we find ourselves wandering lost in the desert, navigating harsh terrain. You, God, are our light and hope, leading us toward green pastures, beside still waters, to new mountaintops, and along paths of righteousness. You are our everlasting faithful guide. You are our healer. Thank You, Lord, for Your healing. All glory, honor and praise in Your name. Amen and amen.