I am currently leading a facebook small group for Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies with Melissa Taylor. We are on Chapter 5 of Stressed-Less Living by Tracie Miles.
This book was God ordained for this time in my life. Chapter 5 is no exception. There were so many treasures in this chapter, but if I had to remember only one point, it would be that the Lord remembers.
In Chapter 5, Tracie explains the story of Hannah from 1 Samuel 1. If you haven't read the story of Hannah, I encourage you to go and read it now. Hannah's heart desire was for a baby. She was childless.
"And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish." 1 Samuel 1:10
"...and the Lord remembered her." 1 Samuel 1:19
I love that..."and the Lord remembered her".
Do you feel as if the Lord has forgotten you? Hannah may have felt like the Lord had forgotten her and her desire for a child. He did not forget. No doubt she had asked the Lord for a child before this day. What was different about this request? Desperation.
There is something powerful that happens when we come to the Lord in desperation.
Recently, I heard Karen Ellison, the founder of Deeper Still, explain that Jesus didn't go knocking on people's doors asking if He could heal them. Everyone who received healing from Jesus was desperate and sought Jesus desperately! When they sought Jesus desperately, He healed every single one who came to Him. It wasn't even the healing they were seeking, they sought the Healer!
Hannah was desperate. Hannah sought the Healer and entreated Him to remember her. He did.
What are you desperate for today? What part of your life do you need Jesus to touch? Your marriage? Health? Job? Finances? Children? When we finally come to the end of ourselves and realize we cannot fix our problem, and we fall to our knees in desperation, He meets us and touches our lives and heals what only He can heal.
He has not forgotten you.
Hannah's story has a happy ending and as Tracie wrote "I believe that our heavenly Father wants us all to have happy endings." (pg. 96)
"As we make faith a priority and learn to trust in God's plans, even if we do not understand them or like them, the doors will be flung wide open for God to enter our lives and begin his mighty work. During the wait we are called to fall on our knees just like Hannah and pour out our hearts to him. We are called to live life in a state of dependency on Him, believing that His peace is available in any situation." (pg. 97)
The Lord wants us to seek Him. I need Him to hold me, to protect me, to comfort me, and keep me shielded in His love. When I curl up in His presence and seek His face, I feel safe, secure, and full of peace. He always guides me. He always remembers my requests. He remembers yours also.
While we are waiting for the positive outcome, we can rest knowing He is working on our happy ending. Even when the endings don't turn out exactly how we would have written them, we can trust that His ending is better. We can trust Him for a happy ending. He writes the best Books!