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Monday, January 19, 2015

Streams in the Desert, Tracks in the Snow

“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new. Now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”  Isaiah 43:18-19
Did you not listen to the things spoken, or read the words written? You are suffering. I understand your grief, your loss, your anger and your fear. Everyone has had their time of darkness. Don’t you know that God is there, not hiding in the dark but leading you out of the black shadows? How? What is your part in walking the path out of the pit of despair? The first sentence of Isaiah 42:18 — “Don’t keep rehearsing the things that have hurt you, or think about the past.”

Easier said than done? It’s easier done than living in the darkness. An old saying  goes, “Someone harmed you, shame on them. Re-inflicting pain on yourself every day by rehearsing that injury? —shame on you.”

Let go of yesterday each new day. Repeat, “I choose to find water in the desert and tracks in the snow,” at least three times during the day. Then follow that declaration by giving God all the praise and glory for delivering you. It is the “and then” that is the most important— and then, live the rest of the day, aware of it, knowing God has heard your prayer and will carry your burden for you. You will not have to rehearse the pain so you don’t forget it any longer. Give it up to God and thank him for receiving it – KNOWING, not HOPING, that God will find a path for you through the desert and across the deep snow. Let’s pray:

“Holy Father, Love of my life, I bow in your presence. Just like Esther of Old, I reach out my hand and receive your scepter, which invites me to enter into your presence. From this moment on, I give you the pain of the past and choose to dwell on it no more. I know you are gracious and full of compassion. I know you will accept my injury and turn my weeping into joy. You will show me the streams in the desert and the tracks in the snow, so that I may walk with you each day in peace. For this blessing, I accept it and know it is real, and thank you for the fulfillment of your promises. In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen”
"God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine.”
Copyright 2015 Doris Gaines Rapp

News at Eleven (Glo Magazine Jan, Feb, March, and April 2015 – now on newsstands and online at - page 50-51

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