Woman On RockToday, I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday…

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (N.K.J.V.)

They shall be comforted. Those are four powerful words. The text doesn’t read, “They might be comforted.”  It says, “They shall be comforted.” Those words are absolute truth. Doubt resides nowhere within them. They are a promise.

Over the course of the last year I have lost more than 20 pounds. Tonight I went shopping. As I walked into the store, and over to a rack of clothing, I immediately went to the bigger sizes. The size I used to wear. I began to think about how sometimes it is all too easy to see a picture in our minds of who we used to be rather than who we are now. It’s hard to move forward.

Sometimes we live with grief or shame of some kind and we refuse to be comforted. We don’t allow God to pick us up and do a work within us. We don’t allow Him to move us forward. We hold onto the grief. It becomes comfortable. We aren’t sure who we would be without it. We almost become comfortable where we used to be. It is what we know, but it isn’t comfortable… it’s complacency.

I lived with my share of grief for longer than I should have. Instead of focusing on what God was trying to do in my life through the struggle, I kept holding tight to pain. I was afraid to let go. Afraid to let her go. Afraid I might forget the daughter I carried for more than 34 weeks but would never hear cry. I would never feel the warmth of her skin.

As time went on, even before I received my miracle, I learned to allow God to comfort me. I realized I had to receive His comfort, His mercy, His grace, and only then would I be free. I didn’t have to completely forget the sad girl I was in the past; I just had to finally allow God to bind my wounds. I had to live through it, so that I could help others live through it too…

Receive your comfort today. Allow God to move you from where you are to where you need to be! It takes faith, but you can do it!

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