It so easy to get bogged down with the messes of life that we no longer clearly see God's presence and His miracles. Sometimes the struggles of life can wear us down physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. I felt that during my care-giving days when my husband's body became more and more disabled. I continue to feel that at times as I face other situations in my life alone, humanly speaking, as a widow. This past year in particular has been difficult with some physical pain issues and also some big issues that loves ones are facing.
In times like these we need to stay focused on the blessings, the daily miracles that are in our lives. We need to remember all the times the Lord has been with us in the past, and we need to trust that He will be with us in the days ahead. We need to fix our eyes on the Lord and trust His promises to always be with us.
Recently in my devotions I was struck by some comments by Lysa TerKeurst in her book entitled, Embraced 100 Devotions to Know God is Holding You Close. She wrote, "I get so focused on the mess, I miss the miracles." Later in that same devotional she prays this prayer to the Lord, "Please don't let the messes of life harden my heart and blind me to Your presence. Instead of being so terrified in the midst of the mess, might I keep the picture of You, watching me, always watching me. And might I find courage in the assurance that You will come to me with Your miraculous presence."
So may we also focus on the miraculous presence of the Lord in our lives; as we face life's trials, troubles, and messes. May we exchange our negative emotions for "a crown of beauty," with "the oil of gladness," and a "garment of praise" (Isaiah 61:2-3). Life is sometimes difficult, but focusing on the blessings and the wonderful presence of the Lord is the key to peace in the midst of it.