I got another “no” on my writing yesterday.
Two “no’s” in one week. Awesome.
And yesterday was just not a good day to get a “no”. It didn’t fit into my frantic and frazzled day. You know the kind, right? When you’re on edge on the inside and the kids aren’t cooperating and you’re trying to get too much done in a short period of time, and you are continually losing your temper; screaming and apologizing, repeat.
This Tightly Wound Woman has days like this more often than she cares to admit.
So, Jolene’s post was indeed timely. A much-needed reminder that kindness can be found in God’s “no”.
When we get a “no” we can throw a tantrum, throw in the towel or throw up our hands in worship…and keep going.
I had a few “thought-tantrums”. You know the kind, right? When you yell and kick and shout silently, acting like a spoiled toddler who didn’t get to ride the penny horse at the supermarket (for the fifth time in a row).
I was hurt; not gonna lie.
On one hand I expected the rejection, the unwanted houseguest who shows up at the most inopportune times.
On the other hand, I was daring to hope that the unexpected would happen, and also scared that it might happen at the same time.
But the “yes” didn’t happen- this time.
I’m reminded of these words that came out of my mouth, out of my heart, only a month ago…
You can be confident, because God is faithful.
Don’t shrink back!
Don’t rely on your own strength.
Lean into God’s faithfulness and hold your head high, because the One on high holds you.
This does not mean everything is going to turn out the way you want it to. But it does mean that you can trust the One who goes with you.
Psalm 46:11 says, “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
And then there’s that song, “The God of angels armies is always by my side.” This should bring us great confidence that God, who has angels armies, is right by our side- right now.
The song goes on to say, “The One who lives forever, He is a friend of mine.”
We live in a world where we can be unfriended, unfollowed and unliked, but there is One who sticks with you, closer than a brother. A friend who will not leave you or forsake you.
Jesus is the best, most famous person you can and should follow.
He likes you.
He loves to listen to you.
He is interested in what you think.
He is not bored by your status updates, but He cares more about your heart than your latest selfie.
He loves that self. He loves you.
He lived and died for you and rose again to be in an everlasting relationship with you.
Because He is faithful, you can be confident.
Hebrews 10:35-39 “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, ‘He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back I will not be pleased with him.’ But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”
Don’t shrink back.
We’re in this together,