by Lisa DeRosa
Today, I needed to remember that God’s power is greater than the struggles and weariness in my life, the pain that I am processing, and the diseases that loved ones are battling.
Exodus 34:5-7 says:
5 Then the Lord came down in a cloud and stood there with him; and he called out his own name, Yahweh.[a] 6 The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out,
“Yahweh![b] The Lord!
The God of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
7 I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations.[c]
I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.
But I do not excuse the guilty.
I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren;
the entire family is affected—
even children in the third and fourth generations.”
I wrote the following prayer to remind me of who Yahweh is and knows, cares, and listens when I cry out.
You have mighty healing hands,
gentle enough to comfort,
strong enough to hold the whole world.
You perform works of transformation
in humble, repentant hearts.
You take appointments at all times of the day and night.
You do not fear or tremble when a rare case arises,
and You do not leave when the diagnosis feels like too much to bear.
You promise Yourself and saving grace,
not a cushy, trial-less life;
we grieve, we suffer, and we are weary.
But You are here in our sorrow, our pain, and our weakness.
You see our scars and know each detail behind them.
in our midst, in our unbelief,
reveal Yourself to each of us in a way that shows Your unfailing love.
Provide sweet moments of rest, peace, and refreshment for our souls, we pray.
All this we ask as Your children, fearfully and wonderfully made,
to the God of Salvation, Redeeming Love, and who is worthy of All Praise,
in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
Take a few moments to reflect on the mightiness of God. As you understand Yahweh today, which characteristic stands out to you? Which one are you most in need of? Maybe you need comforting in your sorrow or rest for your weary heart. Ask God for this.
Give yourself permission to rest in God’s love, comfort, mighty hands, or whatever you need. Allow God’s healing to enter into the places that are torn, tattered, darkened, or hardened by the circumstances and hardships in this life. Nothing will surprise the All Knowing One. Nothing will offend the Divine One. Be where you are today. God welcomes you where you are today. You are on a journey and there is grace offered to you in this journey. Yahweh’s grace and love abound today.
Humbly ask God to be everything that you need. As the Great Provider, believe that God is willing and able to provide for what you need today. Despite how large or small the request, trust that it is not falling on deaf ears. Don’t allow pride to get in the way of God’s call on your life today. Release the need to fix yourself, others, or your situation. Surrender to the Holy One who hears you and can transform your heart.
This song by Tenth Avenue North has helped me through many journaling and processing times when I need to accept the healing that God is beginning in me. I hope it helps you as it has helped me.