Psalm 139:10 NABRE Even there your hand guides me, your right hand holds me fast
If you haven’t read the Welcome 2023 post from last week, this post could speak deeper to you if you’ll stop and read that post first.
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After spending time today in bigger, bolder, braver, better praying, this thought came – how would I respond if God had done the unimaginable in my life in 2022? Not the unimaginable I’m praying for 2023 as from Ephesians 3:20 AMP Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us
Rather, the unimaginable of what I’ve never wanted – such as the loss of a loved one, job, home, close relationship, or reputation or the gain of disease, rejection, bankruptcy, imprisonment, or war. All unimaginably hard and unchosen. All with stigma, sting, and stain that reaches deeper in and further out than ever considered.
I’ve seen the unimaginable nearly destroy families, including those close to my own heart and home. I’ve received hard news in diagnoses and live with a changed life from them today. I’m watching the unimaginable hold friends in a chokehold that tightens every day it remains. Yet even there, I’ve seen and received His Hand guiding and holding me fast. And especially in the even there, I’m seeing and receiving His strength supporting and holding me close.
There is freedom resting in the truth that His Hand is always here for friends, family, and me in the even there of the unimaginable.
Psalm 139:10 TLB even there your hand will guide me, your strength will support me
The unimaginable can strip and bare while His Hand supports and bears up.
The unimaginable can rob and destroy while His Hand redeems and defends.
The unimaginable can erode and set afire while His Hand establishes and strengthens always.
Nothing is beyond His Hand.
No one can enter even there without His Hand upon them.
Scripture tells me there is no place I can go outside His presence (see Psalm 139:7). And that includes the unimaginable of what I’ve dreamed of and the unimaginable of that I’ve dreaded…
He is always in the even there just as He is always everywhere.
Knowing all of this, I continue to pray for bigger, bolder, braver, and better with open hands in expectation of His guidance, strength, and presence in the unimaginable – whether it’s the unimaginable that makes me dance or an unimaginable that threatens to destroy me.
For He is with us in even there, no matter what the unimaginable looks like for us in life.
He will always be with us because He has promised and He is faithful, no matter what we might see happen in our lives.
Hebrews 13:5b AMPC for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
Please take some time now to pray for those living in the unimaginable – including those in Ukraine and other war-torn countries or communities, those in famine and oppression in Sudan, Myanmar, and Ethiopia, those in disease at home or in hospitals, and so many others which might be overlooked or ignored, be they across the globe or across the street…
Please schedule time for later to keep praying for those who came to mind with this post and for yourself, whether or not you’re in an even there place now or not.
Bigger, bolder, braver, and better praying is needed for all of us and by all of us to the Only One Who loves all of us.
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written by and copyrighted to Beth Madison, Ph.D., 2023.