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Treasures in Dark Places (2nd time)

I’m going through my archives (if you haven’t noticed). I’m realizing how important and powerful it is to journal your journey with the Lord. It’s been good to look back and hear my own faith. Funny, but sometimes I have to be reminded of my faith because I seem to only remember my moments of failure, emptiness, and struggle.

So, though I hope you receive a blessing today through this old post, I hope you also are encouraged to journal (whether on the computer or in a notebook) your journey with Jesus. Good and bad. Prayers and answered prayers. You will be amamzed and strengthened later when you look back.

Here’s my post from last October:  

“I will give you the treasures of darkness, the riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel who summons you by name.” Isaiah 45:3

I believe the Lord led me to this verse today. I know I’ve read it before, but I must have been asleep! Because today, these words though thousands years old, shone and sparkled like a brand new coin. A treasure! Why haven’t I underlined this in my Bible before? This is an amazing promise.

It reminded me of an earlier post I wrote during Christy’s battle with cancer. Do you mind if I share this with you again? Here is an excerpt from “Treasures in the Mud”:

All of my trials send me to my knees. That is a good thing. All of my trials put me in searching mode seeking out the sovereign God who loves me more than I can comprehend. The God who loved us all enough to die for us. What kind of God does that? No other religion believes in such a God. No other. This God, our God, has given us a book (the Bible) filled with promise after promise, treasure after treasure of what He has in store for those who believe. The unsearchable riches of Christ. I am convinced that many of those riches are only found when we are on our knees searching for them.

What do you find when you are on your knees? Do you only find yourself stuck in the mud or have you began to experience finding the treasures God puts in the trenches that can only be found when we are expecting His goodness? Remember, Mary Magdalene was afforded the first revelation of the risen Savior because she was the only one still looking. Yes, she was looking for a dead body, but none the less, she was looking and would not stop until she found Him. She had no other expectations that day but to find Jesus.

That’s where I am today. I have no greater expectation on my prayer list than to find Jesus Himself. In His presence I will find joy, greater faith, gifts of the Spirit, wholeness and health and knowledge of the war plan for the one for whom I am in the mud. I am bolder, my faith stronger, and my joy greater even at a time such as this week when I am taking care of my sister who is fighting cancer. I would fight in the mud for her any day. But best of all, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that while I am wrestling in prayer in the mud for her, I will find the greatest treasure of all. I will find the faith empowering jewell named Jesus.

I wrote that post with great faith of her healing. I had no vision of the darkness I would walk through just a few weeks later. I don’t want to focus on the darkness today, but it was in the darkness where I found treasure I would have never known otherwise. Oh, my heart will always miss my sister, but the wound in my heart has been seared with the heat of His love. And I have found in this dark place a faithful supernatural God who calls me and you by name.

If you are in a dark place, He is waiting to give you Himself, the greatest treasure of all. He is the gift of God.

Much love,

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