A while ago on instagram, I shared my favorite Charles Spurgeon quotes. The one below is a quote I find inspiring and I hope you are encouraged as well to bloom in those abandoned places....
"No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot of a glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity." - Charles Spurgeon
I am not going to lie. This past summer was one of adversity. I am truly exhausted. But I am alive in these trials and triumphant.
Because of Jesus.
Not going to lie. There was a moment when I almost chose to turn back to self-reliance, to fear, a hardened heart. Had I done that I would be a heaping mess right now on the floor.
Instead, I chose to dig my roots deeper in faith and rely on Jesus. I chose to not give in to fear but give the fear over. Over to the One who destroys it.
And in those abandoned, hollow places that trials and adversity can create? Jesus filled them. He stood me up inside their walls. He took those spaces and decorated them with Grace and comfort. And placed a light that illuminated the shadows.
So I am grateful for the glacier. The polar sky. The desert. Because it reminded me that our God is ever-present. Ever-loving. Ever- providing. Ever-good.
And He created in the depths of my soul:
That bluest flower.
That gleaming star.
That sweet water.
If your heaped on the floor like a big mess... if your relying on yourself solely to get through a difficult time.... I understand. I have been there.
But your not alone. And Jesus will meet you in that mess if you let Him. He is waiting for you to lean on Him. It's never too late. The glacier may not be moving, but you my friend, are just at the beginning of being that bluest, most beautiful flower.
Start to bloom.
Bloom in those trials and abandoned places!
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