I confess I’ve done some things I’m not proud of; I’ve fallen deeper and harder than I’d ever expected. Yet in my disdain I’ve been able to continue trusting God and His will. Anyone can have faith when times are good, but it takes true conviction to say like Micah “…I will rise again…” Get ready for an epic comeback; they’re God’s specialty.
Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. (Micah 7:8 NLT)
I remember begging God during my darkest moments to heal my heart instantly, but I’ve learned that although He may have the power to do so, it’s not always the approach He takes. In today’s passage, the lepers could’ve been cured on the spot, but instead they were healed in the process of going to the priests. It may just be that we find our healing in the midst of the processes that we undergo.
He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. (Luke 17:14 NLT)
You’re too late for the show
What did you expect?
What did you want to see? The tragedy, a broken me, in agony, trying to flee?
You’re awfully late, you know
But allow me a moment to redirect
Here comes the encore, please stay I implore, don’t ignore, oh there’s so much more
You had you’re moment protagonist
Spotlight’s off you, it’s my turn
Don’t get upset antagonist
Pay attention there’s much you could learn
Take a seat front row please
Watch me perform, audience of one
Against all advice, I fell for your entice, it was a gamble and you held the dice, I was willing to sacrifice, but baby you were overpriced
Your words were honey, your actions the bees
You reminded me of a spider with the web of lies you’d spun
You mishandled my heart, misused my love, mislead my trust, misunderstood my kindness, mistook me for weak, and missed your chance
Never think to call yourself my ex
No, you are more like my “why”
Why did I waste my time? What was I thinking? I’m perplexed
It was a rhetorical question, I could care less for your reply
Show’s almost done, just a few words more
I believe I owe you a thanks
For showing me what’s bad, even though it made me sad and eventually mad, I’m now glad for the lesson learned and the experience had
As I had mentioned before
Here is my thanks
After my woe, knowing what I know, I realize your treachery helped me grow, with you I reached a new low, and although recovery may have been slow, I’ll better a appreciate a kind and loving beau. So that’s it I guess, end of show.
It’s not uncommon to see people praying when times get tough, but what about when all is well? Jonah ran away from God and only called out to Him once he had been swallowed up by a fish. Let’s not wait until our problems and situations swallow us up in order to turn to God. I’m sure He’d like to hear from us on good days as well.
Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish. (Jonah 2:1 NLT)