Sometimes we must choose to remember pain and heartache right along with the triumphs and joy. I shared a Facebook memory from three years ago the other day on my timeline. I almost didn’t share that memory picture from that fateful October day. There was a painful twinge when I saw it. Flooded with memories and tears, I heard the words again. “Your services are no longer required.” I chose to look back at the past, and was in awe of the beauty I found in what I thought were pitiful ashes.
I’ll be honest with you. The memory shared was one in which I lost a job. Real talk y’all- that moment was horribly heart breaking! Losing a job stinks and hurts big. I wanted to run away from memory of it, but I could not. To ignore that snapshot would have been to ignore what God had done to bring me higher, and deeper, and closer to His purpose for my life. To not acknowledge the sorrow of that day would have been to say, God did nothing and that I’m stuck in experiencing loss. But that’s not true. God was with me through it all.
God made beautiful things in me though I’d thought I’d suffered unrecoverable loss. To see that photo pop up on my timeline again was like an ebenezer. It was and is a reminder that what the devil meant to harm me, God turned around for my good. It was a reminder that God protects us when the darkness threatens to overtake us. It is God showing up and showing out. When you look back at the past, your perspective shifts. You can see life where there was once death.
I couldn’t say these things in October 2012, but I can say them now. God is a good father. He is. God is with me when the world rallies against me. God defends me in ways that defy human expectation. God provides for me when I think He cannot. God opens doors to opportunity we often cannot open ourselves. God loves me in ways that shatter my disbelief. God loves me without condition. He loves me well, and He loves you most ardently too. This is an amazing grace!
Look back and see how God brought you through. The devil would have you think it was an unrecoverable mess. But God!!! His promise is irrevocable. In every mountain high and valley low, our God sees us through.
Look again. See how He has been faithful to you. Even when the storm raged violently against you, God was near. His goodness seeped through the cracks of your despair. He broke the tyranny of distress. He broke the chains of doubt and lies. He gave you strength. He poured out love and grace. He struck down your enemies. He brought you to life again. He held you together when you thought you’d fall apart. He, God, defended you when everyone else left your side.
Beloved, God has been good to me. I’m shouting GOD HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME! God has been good to you. And He will always be good.
You can tell the devil to step off, get off, and move out. Don’t allow him to trespass your life anymore. Stand up. Fight the good fight of faith. Hold your ground in Christ. God, the Faithful One, is with you.
Hear me. God is WITH You. Now, look again and see the goodness of The Lord springing up from the barren ground and ashes. Look. He is doing a new thing and it’s right in front of you.
Yes. YES!!! Our way making God is doing a new thing. And it is marvelous in our eyes.
This post is a part of my 31 Days of Writing challenge and the second half of the lemonade stories. There are more stories to tell and moments of when to live through. It’s all about taking the sour things of life and reframing them to find the sweetness of faith, hope, and resilience. I hope you’ll join me on this month-long journey. You’ll also find me sharing bits and pieces on myTwitter and IG accounts. I’d love to see you here, and you can also subscribe to my blog/newsletter here.