Did we ever think that the year 2020 would change the world?  It sure has, in more ways than we would have ever expected in our lifetime and just in the first half of the year.  I wonder what the second half of this year will bring.

So as we are now approaching the end of June with only 6 more months to go before we exclaim to one another, “Happy New Year!” May I ask you some questions that God has personally asked me?  

 Turning Point questions:

“Who is your trust in?”

“Do you feel as if the Lord has left you?”

These questions have been a ‘turning point’ in my journey because my answers are, “My trust is still in God”, and “No, I know the Lord has not left me”!

I think because of all what has taken place in this year, including the more recent events that have brought to light the ongoing struggles of many of my beautiful friends and family, I have learnt more than ever what an awesome companion the Lord longs to be to us.

There are so many changes and still so many uncertainties.  When or will we get back to ‘normal’?  Is our world changed forever? 

I read the following the other day please allow me to share it with you…

‘Running to hide our face in God is not like seeking the comfort and familiarity of a childhood blanket that allows us to tune out the realities of our lives. God is a mighty lion, whose roar is heard in every corner of the world.  Still, when you are in trouble, you can hide your face from Him or run to Him and let Him hide you.  There you will find the strength and freedom to live your life.’

For many reasons this year has felt like we are living on the edge of a volcano, shaken by worrying rumbles that threaten our footing.

However, one of the most wonderful aspects of our relationship with Jesus Christ is that we don’t have to talk – He understands.  When we are in pain or fearful, it is so exhausting to have try and explain to others what we are feeling.  We often say, “You don’t understand me”.  What a relief a ‘turning point’ it is to be able to lie down in a ‘field’ (for me that’s usually a walk and sit on my own somewhere) with the Shepherd and not have to say a word. 

Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd, He helps me rest in fields of green grass…

We can bring our devastating circumstance to Christ and ask Him to bless us in our brokenness and rather than feast on bitterness, or anger, or fear, feast on Christ, taking our burdens to the Great Burden Bearer! 

Psalm 23 I will feast at His table spread for me…

I read below these verses from a hymn written by George Matheson who wrote this after becoming engaged to be married, lost his eyesight and then his fiancée left him…

 O Love that will not let me go,

I rest my weary soul in thee;

I give thee back the life I owe,

That in thine ocean depths its flow

May richer, fuller be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,

I cannot close my heart to thee;

I trace the rainbow through the rain,

And feel the promise is not vain

That morn shall tearless be. 

(You can go on YouTube if you want to hear it sung I’m sure it will be there!)

We can look for traces of redemption in the darkest moments and if the whole purpose of our lives on this earth is to glorify our wonderful Saviour and God and enjoy Him forever, then I believe we can bring to Him all the emotions that we have in our hearts.  And as we bare our souls before Him, He can and will trade our unbearable burdens for a load that we can carry into the second half of 2020.  Another ‘turning point’ is I’m going to stop carrying those burdens that are too heavy for me.

The thing that will keep us strong and help us move forward is knowing that Christ is with us and for us, and the hope we have in Him ultimately will not disappoint.  Let’s believe for the best and get our hopes up as high as we can and when we crank our faith and hope up we can in turn extend it to others.  

Get your hopes up and not the opposite. Hope is to expect with confidence it’s a ‘turning point’ that is transforming, for it’s a terrible thing to have no hope.  Let’s also have compassion on people who have little or no hope.  We’re not living on this planet as a hopeless person.  Let’s expect God’s supernatural intervention in our lives and not settle for anything less than the best.  Our God is the Great Engineer, creating circumstances to bring about moments in our lives of divine importance, leading us to divine appointments – turning points in our lives.  God has got you and I exactly where He wants us to be and watch this, God will make a pathway where there seems to be no way.

God won’t leave us confused by all that is happening in 2020 or going to happen.   1 Corinthians 14:33 reads “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace”. God always brings order out of chaos! 

Could it be, that God has let us get to the point where there seems to be no way out of a difficult circumstance?  Could this then be your turning point?

Who is your trust in?  Do you feel as if the Lord has left you?

My friends I pray you will trust in God knowing He is with you always, please give Him your burdens, place your hope confidently in Him, rest and be at peace!

Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a time for everything, and everything on earth will happen at the right time.

Psalm 37:23

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in His way.

Today whatever the future holds, run into the wide open arms of the One who holds that very future.  Be safe in His arms.

His love & mine,

Ps Lydia x

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