“I cling to God and his promises, he sustains me. Joy is at first elusive. I have glimpses of delight, but it is mostly slow and incremental.
Over time, I realize I have inexplicable joy, not in my circumstances, but in God who cares so fiercely for me. Eating the every day, bland, sometimes unwelcome manna produces a joy beyond my wildest imaginings.
I have found that this joy, which is often birthed out of suffering, can never be taken away; it only gets richer over time. My circumstances cannot diminish it. It produces lasting fruit like endurance, character, and hope. It draws me to God in breathtaking ways. It achieves a wait of glory that is beyond all comparison.
I still pray earnestly for deliverance, for the many things I want to see changed, both in my life and in the world.
But as much as I long for deliverance, for delivering grace, I see the exquisite blessings in the sustaining grace. It’s not about getting what I want; it’s about God giving me what I desperately need: Himself.” | #fuji400