I must admit that my heart is not as healthy as I’d like it to be. No, I’m not speaking about cardiac health. I’m talking about SOUL health.
Have you ever gotten to the place where you know that you should pray… you need to pray… you MUST pray… but unbelief creeps in and steals your confidence? And you secretly realize that it’s easier to expect the worst so that you won’t be disappointed again?
Proverbs 13:12 says it this way, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”
That’s how I’ve been feeling this week. But where did that come from? I’ve never been a skeptical person. I’m a glass-half-full kind of person.
But then again, all it takes for faith to fail is for disappointment to steal your hope and confidence. Can you relate?All it takes for faith to fail is for disappointment to steal your hope. Click To Tweet
And I ask myself, why is it that children are born with an unwavering confidence that their mommy and daddy can fix EVERYTHING that’s wrong in their life?
What is faith?
// Do you remember the classic movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart?
In the movie, George Bailey (the troubled and melancholic dad) accidentally damages his daughter Zuzu’s rose that she got as a prize from her teacher. She’s upset and exclaims,
“Paste it, Daddy.”
Well, that’s how I feel today. It’s been weeks of trauma and crisis, and my heart is tired.
- Starting with the brutal DROUGHT that has been ravaging South Africa for the past few years. It’s critical now and we’re desperate for rain!
- Following that has been the crisis with our friend, JENNA, who suffered a massive cardiac arrest last week despite only being thirty-one years old and in ‘perfect’ health. We’ve prayed around the clock since that terrible moment when we heard that she’d just been resuscitated and was on her way to hospital.
- And if that wasn’t enough, the last two days have been devastating for South Africa. Across the nation, we’ve suffered an onslaught of horrendous STORMS, gale-force winds, flooding, and now raging FIRES—destroying property and taking lives.
The unexpected has caught us by surprise, and I hear my heart crying out, “Oh God, help.”
You know, sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is simply cry to your Heavenly Father out of your weakness and desperation. He doesn’t need fancy words or eloquent prayers, nor does He demand that you be strong or confident.
He’s a Good Father who loves to take care of His children… you and me.
And He simply invites us to ASK for help. Sometimes faith looks like a little girl, innocently asking her Daddy to fix something that seems unfixable to the natural eye.Faith is like a little girl, innocently asking her Daddy to fix something that seems unfixable. Click To Tweet
My friend, does this sound like you today? Are you desperate for help but are scared to be disappointed again?
Why not just stop,
take a deep breath,
“Paste it, Daddy.” //
Update on Jenna:
Thank you to ALL of you who have been praying this week for our precious friend. We went to see her today and she is a walking miracle! (Happy tears!)
- When doctors predicted heart and organ failure, she actually experienced heart and organ renewal.
- Her heart strength has improved from 18% to 40% in the last few days.
- The have now inserted a defibrillator into her heart to help regulate the rhythm, and jump-start it should it stop again.
- She is talking and walking, laughing and joking around. And although she is still confused as to what happened and where she is (with random gaps in her memory), this should improve with time.
The doctors can only shake their heads in amazement and use the word “unexplainable” to describe this obvious Miracle!
Please continue to pray for 100% healing for this beautiful wife and mother.
God is so good!
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