The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. I didn't realize I had posted this previously. But I guess it bears repeating. I am so encouraged by verses that point to the reality of being dry and not having it all together. It helps me know it's ok to be less than perfect. Still expecting The Lord.
The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.
~ Isaiah 58:11a, NLT
I'm not sure if I've ever seen this verse before. If I have, maybe it just hit me in a different way today. I have felt peaceful for several months now. Nothing has been solved in my relationship with God. But, I have felt peace instead of anxiety about my need to fix it. Maybe that is the water I needed after being so bone dry. Perhaps restored strength is right around the corner? I love that it says he will guide me continually. I believe that. Even though I haven't felt God as closely as I once did through the past few years, I've always felt he was still at the helm. Guiding me through every season and dark path. Continually.
I've recently begun training for my first ever 5k. I've never been a runner, so I'm surprised at how easily I seem to be tolerating the training... walk a little run a little... By the end of the week I'm supposed to run 20 minutes straight. I don't see how that will be possible, but I'm guessing since it's part of the training somehow my body is going to cooperate. I was pondering all of that this morning and wouldn't you know this verse was forwarded to my inbox:
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
~ James 1:3
I thought for sure by now (four years in) God would have reset the way he speaks to me. I desperately wish things were different but for today... I'm chalking it up to my growing endurance.