I had the awesome privilege to attend a Women of Faith conference this weekend for the first time. I laughed, I cried, I reveled in God's love for me. I long to share all I experienced with my blog readers, but by the end of the conference my head was so full with all I'd heard that I felt overwhelmed. And so, in my still sleep-deprived state, I wish to share two things with you that were a blessing to me. In turn, I hope to bless you.
1) The Shepherd knows where to find you.
Sheila Walsh shared this amazing truth with us. During the darkest time of her life, she found herself in a mental institution, struggling to find the will to live. She dragged a blanket to the corner of the room and sat in the dark, her despair descending her farther and farther into the pit of hell. In that pit she prayed for a shred of hope, anything to give her a reason to continue on with life.
A short time later a man she couldn't identify--one she now believes was an angel--came into the room and handed her a stuffed lamb. "The shepherd knows where to find you," he said.
This reminder was that shred of hope Sheila needed, as I think we all do. How many times do we feel the need to get our act together before coming to Jesus? How many times do we try to hide from him in shame?
He loves you still. He knows where to find you. Remember how he left the other ninety-nine sheep to look for you?
This truth hit home for me.
2) Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ.
Go ahead, read that again. It takes some time to let it sink in, for we often search for peace in the condition of happy circumstances. Good job, check. Happy husband, check. Obedient children, check. Paid mortgage and hefty retirement fund, check. Okay, now I can be happy.
But even Jesus didn't promise such things. In fact he promised trouble. "In this world you will have trouble, but take heart for I have overcome the world."
In the storms of life, the only true peace is one where Christ is the anchor.
Thank you Sheila, and thank you to the Women of Faith team for being so real, for allowing me to grasp the love of God a little more firmly. Even if only one person reads this post, I pray they too will feel God's amazing grace and love in some small way. God bless!