How deep the Father’s Love for us. How vast beyond all measure… #unabashedhope
Disappointment is the crucible that can make even the most faith-filled person question God’s existence and his authority. It can also be the place that we truly find God and separate our need for answers from his all encompassing love for us. God is not an absent parent who, between shifts at his job and a run for cigarettes, forgets that we need milk for school in the morning. God is not a strict teacher who wants to sting our knuckles with a ruler every time we make a mistake.
God loves us. Not just because bumper stickers or badly designed t-shirts say so. God loves us. Not just because we try to be good or do good things for him. God loves us. Not because we clock in on time at church on Sunday or ladle chili into bowls at a soup kitchen. He loves us because he said so, because it is only in his character to do so. He is the God whose love is found in prosperity and poverty, in answers and in questions, in disappointment and in miracles. He is the God who keeps track of our tears, helps us to find joy and wants to walk with us everyday, whether we have the answers or not.
A Deeper Story – excerpt only
The Ministry of Disappointment
Amena Brown Owen
Extinguishing the Darkness
You are my Light.
I need not fear the darkness,
Even in the very depths of myself.
You know me.
You are with me.
I am not alone.
You are my Defense.
You alone are my Judge.
You are exceedingly merciful and gentle.
I need not waver.
I need only trust Your Hand
As You lead and guide me.
I have no need of anything, save You.
You are my Personal Savior.
You are my Personal Bravery.
In You – I am made well and whole.
In You – I am freed and delivered.
In You – I am made strong and bold.
Shine! Oh, shine in this dark and frightful place!
Envelop me in Your ardently burning Light
And extinguish all my darkness and gloom.
~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews
But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.
Micah 7:8b & 9b
When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me. He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold His righteous deliverance.