“Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21
I usually look forward to February. It is a month when not much is happening and I feel it is a time that I can hibernate.
Except, sometimes, February causes me problems, too. Days when I don't have much going on or much of a plan can feel pointless and being the melancholic that I am, it is very likely that I will be tempted to swoop down into the “I don't know why God made me and I feel pointless and tired and blah...” ditch.
That is a scary place to go, and the cloudy Ohio February days can fly me down towards that pit. So, I picked up my Bible and found some verses. I cried (while my poor almost 4-year-old tried to comfort me), although I didn't have a real specific reason why. I called two friends—no answer. The third friend I tried called me back.
I explained a little how I was feeling and asked her to pray for me right then. She reminded me of God's love and faithfulness and how sometimes spiritual battles come in the form of discouragement and downheartedness. I was then reminded of the battle in 2 Chronicles 20:21. Of how scared they were of the army coming to attack and how when they went out to fight, men were appointed to sing and say “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”
As they did this, the Lord sent ambushes on the other army. He fought for Israel that day.
So, I sang some songs. I read more verses. I listened to and sang along with some praise songs on my phone.
Then, with my little one, I marched around the house with a child's tambourine singing the same words the Israelites sang. I rested a bit in front of the warm heater. We ate some lunch. Then, the sun started shining in the window.
My house is a mess, but I bundled up and went outside with the same song in my heart. I ended up sprawling out on the trampoline, with the sun shining on my face. When I opened my eyes, there in the clouds was a heart--just for me--from the One who wanted to remind me that His love does endure forever.
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