So I’m beginning to think that my “word” for the year, Singleness of Heart, isn’t so much something that I’m supposed to be doing, but rather, it is the way I respond to what comes my way.
I talked a little about disappointment last week, and mentioned that at the end of a disappointing day I hold on to hope. And I think that is my Singleness of Heart. It is holding on to Jesus no matter what comes my way, no matter how out-of-control life gets.
And trust me, life has been completely out of my control.
I have to believe that God holds every mess, every heartache, every moment in His hands. I certainly don’t have the wherewithal to unravel the tangled web of life. But I know He is sovereign over all things. So I will focus my heart on His truth, singly and solely.
Ever since I first heard Laura Story’s song Blessings, I’ve loved it. But dealing with the biggest heartache I’ve ever faced has brought me an entirely new appreciation for the courage it takes to truly believe the words…
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe
‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?
What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise?
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33