I lay in the hammock connecting with You after a long day. As I sway gently side to side I feel the gentle breeze in my hair and smell the scent of the earth after a heavy rain. I let out a long tired breath. "Lord, I didn't know life could be this hard." A tear spills out of the corner of my eye. I don't bother brushing it away knowing that You don't mind my tears. The sun is about to set in the distance. A scene so pretty it takes my breath away. "Thank You Lord for Your beauty." Memories of the day rewind in my mind. As I recollect them, I am reminded of a conversation I heard today. My mom and her friend were talking about hardships and trials. It was almost like I could hear their words clearly in my head. Something my mom said made me pause and think.
"Through every hard thing I have gone through, God has always provided the way. Every time. When I go through a new trial I have those things that I've learned from previous trials and the knowledge that God will come through again."
I think about how God has always rescued me from life's struggles. Every time. Unfortunately every time I enter into a new struggle I forget His majestic faithfulness. "Lord," I say as I lift my eyes up to the sky, "Thank You for always delivering me. Please help me to remember that You are faithful and how You have shown that to me before." As I continue to sway side to side I am reminded of one of my favorite Bible verses, Jeremiah 29:11-
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
He is always out for my good and makes beauty out of ashes. That is my God. I can trust Him because He always has a plan. My heart feels at peace as I drag my feet through the damp grass up to the house.