I have been super blessed to live at the top of the hill with such amazing views of sunrises and sunsets. The past few mornings as I left for work I could see reflections of the sun on the windows across the bay. But from my perspective and from where I was standing, I could not actually see the sun. Rather, I saw clouds and it was a bit overcast.
It really made me think about the struggles in our lives and how easily we can get caught up in the doom and gloom of a situation and lose sight of the lesson. The lesson to me is the "light." There is always one in there somewhere! On one side of the bay I saw one thing but at the same time, I also saw the opposite. Have you ever been driving in a downpour and look off to the left or the right and see cloudless, sunny skies?
This happened to me just last week. It was a sunny and beautiful day as I left work but as I got closer to home, I could see dark grey clouds and the sun was no where to be found. As I got closer the sprinkles fell and then it turned into a terrencial downpour. It lasted about 3 miles. Then suddenly, the skies opened up again to baby blue clear sunny skies. I stopped to reflect on my current trials and struggles and how they are only temporary. Temporary for a time here on earth as this is not our forever home. I was convicted to stop dwelling on the negative things in my life and to be thankful for the blessings God has given me.
As with my views across the bay this morning, I was reminded again that even in the midst of my frustration or unforeseen circumstances I am currently dealing with, God has STILL got this. And as in Exodus 14:14, "The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” I need to continually remind myself of this! With my own life (just speaking the truth here)......Why do I feel it's my job to correct and condemn my husband when he hurt my feelings or did something I felt was unfair? Why do I feel the need to play judge and jury? I know better. God's job is to judge. The Holy Spirit's job is to convict. My job is simply to love!
My role as a wife is to speak the truth in LOVE. To be honest about the way I feel while at the same time, not make him feel bad for what he did! This was the message I saw in the "light across the bay." We KNOW God is working in us, We see it, we feel it, we KNOW it! But the same God that loves me, also deeply loves my husband too and he is always fighting on my behalf to reconcile and make things right between us. What conflict have you faced lately? Is it with your spouse, your children or maybe with a co-worker? Remember, God is ALWAYS fighting for you.
This week I was reminded that God does a much better job at working on my husbands heart than I ever could. Demanded apologies are never heartfelt. They should come honestly, freely and out deep empathy for the other person. When things don't play out in my head like I think they should, I need to be reminded that he is ALWAYS fighting for me. I need to be silent, say what I am feeling and allow God the time to work and fight for me!
I will thank God each and every morning for the reflections of sunlight across the bay. For they will remind me that he is always here. He's here ready to fight! Even when I have moments when I am surrounded by dark clouds and see no sun from where I am standing.
He will fight for you too! Just ask Him.......
Andrea (Andi), is an Author, musician, speaker and Founder of Transcended Ministries. She encourages women to rise above their circumstances and to trust in God's timing. She is involved in Celebrate Recovery and sings on the worship team at her church. Andi believes no hurt is ever wasted and she longs to bring a message of hope and healing as she shares her story of bold faith. Her story includes her struggle with control issues and co-dependency followed by a separation from her husband of twenty-five years. After a year of isolation and being on her own, she watched God bring transformation, healing, and reconciliation.