by Jo Ann Fore
My husband shared a verse with me the other day, said it was “for me.” Knowing the spiritual depth of my husband-covering, I take that serious. I pull it in tight. Inhale the fresh perfume.
It intoxicates. Encourages. Delivers. Inspires. As I dig in, meditate on the Word, I am renewed.
“I patiently waited, LORD, for you to hear my prayer. You listened and pulled me from a lonely pit full of mud and mire. You let me stand on a rock with my feet firm, and you gave me a new song, a song of praise to You. Many will see this, and they will honor and trust you, the LORD God (Psalm 40:1-3 CEV).”
God heard my cry. I don’t know about you, but when I am hurting I long for someone to hear, to understand, to really get it. God did. He does. And not only did he lift me out of the slimy pit, but he set me on a firm place to stand (NIV). In order to keep me focused, to keep my steps secure, to keep me from falling back into the pit, God knew I would need a strong foundation.
I have a friend who is a contractor. A master craftsman. The structural integrity of his homes are dependent on the foundation. I’m a lot like those houses; without God first building the foundation, I will surely fall.
God also blessed me with a new song. Don’t you love discovering a new song–one that says everything you were thinking, that molds to the inner workings of your heart as if it’s always been there. The fresh vocals stirring a new hope to press in, forward, deeper. Often, we play it again and again, savoring how it satisfies those hard-to-reach places nestled deep inside.
To think others will see (hear) my new song, a praise song gifted me by God himself. They will witness this transformation, redemption, and be drawn into a deeper intimacy with God? Wow. Can one be any more blessed? Don’t you love how God redeems?
When we create an atmosphere of expectation (patiently waiting), God promises that he will not only hear us, but he will steady our steps and lead us right out of the pit. An example of that, for me, was a portion of my life story I was honored to share in this month’s Guideposts.
If we really do this surrender thing, he is faithful to deliver, to lead us exactly where he intends. I love how God works. It. Is. A. Divine. Set-up.
Father, hear our cries. Bring us out of the pit. Steady our steps (help us to focus), establish our goings, cause our very thoughts to agree with your will. Oh that you would establish your plans, bringing us success as you intend, and that in the journey others would find you through our new song (our story).
Readers, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Jo Ann Fore is an author, teacher, book-freak, and fun friend. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of women. Most noted for her authentic vulnerability, Jo Ann captivates her audience with faith-filled messages caramelized with a powerful promise of hope. She is the founder of the Write Where It Hurts community, where she is honored to spend her days in the midst of women seeking hard after God’s plans for their lives.