Isaiah 42:16-18 New International Version (NIV)
16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.
FIND TIME TO SING ~
The Bible speaks of finding a joyful noise
In life, we can tend to turn to the hard times of life. Why did this happen or how come it turned out this way when I prayed? Have you ever had those thoughts? I certainly have and in my younger years I questioned so much in life. I was 18 years old and I did not have Jesus in my heart. When my dad suddenly died inside our house, I didn't understand because I had prayed. Someone from his church told me this, "but God didn't hear your prayers because you were not a Christian". This sentence was a lie because God hears everyone. God formed us before we were born and designed a path unto our lives. Yes, it's our choice to except him into our hearts, but he hears us. I remember crying myself to sleep at night and playing that sentence over in the day times. I thought my dad died because I couldn't pray for him. When all along, God heard my prayer but it was just his time to enter Heaven.
Be careful the words you say to someone. Your one sentence can play over a lifetime. I had to figure out how to bring joy into my heart again. My happy self of graduation day and facing College with joy, had ended. Let me fast forward my life a bit. After I decided to take my mom to her church, I listen to what the young teacher said from my class. Her name was Jessie and she began to speak about her dad dying when she was a teenager. My ears open and I learned that day that it was not my fault my dad died. Over the years I have replayed her words of forgiveness to God because she blamed God over her dad just like I did. We had something in common and I began to feel my heart become lighter. Keep in mind, I was only 18 years old.
Jessie continues to say that forgiveness will set your free. She said to play music and put a song in your heart. The one song I always turn to is this, "JESUS LOVES ME". I play it over in my head when I get nervous or concerned about something. It reminds me of what Jesus did and how much love that was for one life. One life can make such a difference just by acts of kindness.
We never know what someone has been through or is going through out. Sometimes we have a moment to say HI or share a smile. That alone can make a person's day. How do I know this? I remember going through the season of my mom in the care home. I was tired and spent most of my day there. Sometimes she didn't know me. That would make me cry but I was there for the long run. I would go out and sit in the lobby of this care home. The girl benching the desk (Nicole) would smile at me. Then her words would lighten my load of thoughts. We became friends over that one smile and few words. Each day I knew I would see her, while entering a room I never knew what would happen. She would drive me home the night before my mother died. Speaking words that last forever. Remember, this all started by one smile and a few words, "How are you?".
I CARE ~
I care so I'm writing you today. No matter what you face today, put that song in your heart. A song that lifts you up and carries you in a day. A happy song and know this, Jesus loves you! He does want us to ask forgiveness of sin and move into a new way of thinking. The bible is our roadmap to life and carries amazing examples of living. Jesus walked this earth like we do and gave it all for each of us. It might sounds crazy, but it is a forever love. My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.