Thoughts on Nehemiah 8:13-18


“And there was tremendous joy.” (V. 17) As I read and re read these six little verses this one statement sparkled fire in my heart. Simple obedience to God brought them tremendous joy. I am brought to tears at this point because I have become acquainted to the kind of joy only Jesus can bring. Tears stream down my face as I type this because I think of you who may be reading this now, you who seeks joy but cannot feel it. Tossing to and fro in your mind with the conflict of wanting to follow God and experience true peace, and yet being crippled with the pain of your circumstance. I pray for you right now and I ask God to fill you with Himself. Let go and allow yourself to feel it. Let your mind be emptied of all your heavy worry and shame, anger and fear, hurt and frustration, and let the peace of God enter in. I am on this sacred earth with you, walking with pain. I am acquainted with grief as so many of us are, but as I keep coming back and obeying God’s word, studying and praying, I find myself feeling joy! It makes no sense and yet I have clarity. I feel the glimpse of eternity. I feel God holding me in the most wonderful embrace. I lift my eyes and I know I can do this. I know you can do this. God will bring you to the joy you desire. Your heart will expand past the point of breaking. Pain will no longer rule and true love will rise in hope. Let the passion return. May you start today and live better than yesterday. 

As dark as my days may seem, I am not afraid of the sunrise.
As hard as my life may feel, another day does not feel like a demise.
I still hope.
I cling to an unwavering faith that I realize is not such an easy thing for some people.
I know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I know my life matters.
That I was created for such a time as this.
And for this, I am thankful. Thankful to know such a powerful source of love and hope.
To know without a doubt that I am loved by the Creator of this vast and immensely beautiful universe.
That I matter, as if I were the last and only human on earth.
I am loved.
And you are loved too.
No matter what you believe, I am telling you that it is true.


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