Riding and Reading, Playing and Praying
Monday, August 03, 2020
The last 18 months have been brutal for our family - 8 deaths of family and friends close to us (unrelated cases), intense issues with some of our extended family, two car wrecks and two other cars lost to mechanical issues, other tragedies I'd rather not mention here, and then of course COVID and the racial and political strife engulfing our country and world. Because of all we've faced in this season of life, my employer granted me 3 weeks of leave in addition to my 3 weeks of vacation so I've spent the last 6 weeks trying to get a breath and find some healing. Unfortunately, the storms in our lives are still raging and so these weeks have been hard and not very restful, physically or emotionally.
Still I'm grateful for the time away from work, and I'm grateful that over the last three days I've had the freedom to ride my bike, read my Bible and a book, and process a whole bunch of things with the Lord. Today I have to return to work and while I don't feel ready, I trust that God will give me all I need to do what I must do and grow through this most difficult season of life. A few days ago, these verses from Isaiah really grabbed my heart and helped me to hope in God - not in circumstances, not in freedom from difficulty and pain, but in God himself.
"Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction...The LORD will save me, and we will play my music on stringed instruments all the days of our lives, at the house of the LORD" (Isaiah 38:17, 20).