In my office hangs a painting that is an artistic interpretation of Psalm 23
. In the image is a shepherd carrying a sheep through a valley. When I bought the painting, the subtle colors were what caught my eye more than the meaning of the artwork.
That all changed one morning during a challenging time in my life. When I was feeling hopeless, lost and unable to focus on my devotional, the beautiful painting caught my eye. The tears began flowing as I realized I wasn’t going through this trial alone. The Lord is my Shepherd, and even though I was walking through pain and uncertainty, God was with me.
Today's reading (Day 59) reminded me of that morning, and once again, the tears began to flow as I glanced at the painting. It was a tender reminder of how God used that trial for me to lean more on Him and grow stronger in my faith. It was also a reminder that I am still facing “even thoughs.”
I’m facing more medical tests ...
I’m wrestling with anxiety ...
I’m entering a new stage of parenting ...
I’m facing an unknown season of life ...
“I will fear no evil, for you are with me”
(Psalm 23:4, ESV).
Two simple words that pack a punch when it comes to the Lord and fighting back fear.
By making this “even though” list, I realize I am not alone. And neither are you! Like the shepherd carrying the sheep in the painting, the Lord is with us.
Today, I encourage you to make an “even though” list. Write down anything you are going through for which you need reassurance that God is with you!
See you tomorrow,
Create a list of "even though" statements of your own, and share one or two of them with us in the comments.