Monday, January 12, 2015

& if not.....

I seem to be in a season of life when so many around me are hurting & struggling. 
Friends with children and parents battling cancer, 
friends with serious relationship issues with those they love, 
friends battling addiction and big work issues, 
friends fighting for custody of their children 
and dealing with abusive and dangerous ex spouses, 
friends with broken and bruised hearts. 

I feel like I spend much of my day praying to God to comfort them
and care for them - that they would feel His mighty arms around them. 
And He keeps drawing me to this verse- Daniel 3:18.  

Daniel 3 tells the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 
If you don't know the story, basically Nebucchadnezzar {a King}creates a golden statue, 
but Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow before it. 
The three are thrown into a fiery furnace, but they emerge unscathed. 
Nebuchadnezzar is impressed; he promotes the three to important public positions 
and emphatically praises their God.

I love this story because sometimes, 
the answers we get when we pray are hard to swallow
and the road we must travel is not an easy one. 
Sometimes we feel we are being dropped in a fiery furnace. 
BUT, regardless of the things of this world we must go through, 
He is still good. 

He is still the King Most High. 
He still loves us more than we can ever imagine.
He is still worthy of our worship. 
It is still worth it to worship Him, regardless of what happens in my life.

If you need a reminder of this, you can print your own out HERE.  

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