God uses so many things to speak to us: His Word, prayer, community, music, sermons, talks with friends, nature. He is ready and willing to speak, we’re often just not ready and willing to listen.
Sometimes, I am astounded by the way He so specifically provides me with encouragement. Recently, it was through a few words in the midst of a Facebook message:
“We just painted your bedroom lilac.”
That was it. A simple thing, really. A statement of fact. And yet it brought me to tears and left me praising the Lord. Why?
Because God really is preparing a place for me.
I have been believing the lie that I made a wrong choice; that God didn’t really call me to work with Lily House; that I can’t actually do the work that is waiting for me there. This is a LIE. And that one simple sentence helped remind me of God’s TRUTH: that He will provide me with everything I need to be obedient to His calling; that Jesus will never leave me or forsake me; that there are people praying and waiting with love and open arms for me to return.
God is faithful. God is so good to me. I didn’t know I needed that Truth spoken into my life, but He did. He allowed someone to be a blessing to me even if they weren’t aware of it when they typed those words. Sometimes all it takes is talk of lilac paint to remind me that God sees my anxiety; He cares about my heart. He wants me to listen to what He has to say, however He is saying it, so that I can remain confident of the calling I have received.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32.
I have everything I need in Christ.