May 26, 2020

Comfort and Encouragement

 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”-- Isaiah 41:10  (KJV)

The Bible counsels us to “Fear not” 365 times. Readers are not being counseled to become ghost chasers or extreme athletes. That’s an individual choice. The simple 2-word command has many meanings: “Trust God,” is just one of them.  Other synonyms of fear are anxiety and worry. The emotion is complicated.

In this article, I’d like to share some recent examples of being comforted when I worry. In one instance, I received a compliment from a complete stranger. The other flattering remarks came from close relatives.

Please keep in mind I’m not sharing my stories to brag. My purpose is to praise God and to give everyone hope.

  • I was feeling undervalued and overburdened, so I prayed. I asked for a sign of God’s comfort and approval. Within five minutes, a relative complimented me on my work ethic and my energy. She was astonished I accomplished so much within my limitations.
  • Later that day, another loved one texted me. It boosted my morale immediately. The words she used to describe me were “inspirational” and “energetic” 
  • A few days ago, I met the most politically incorrect cashier ever. To set the background, I had been concerned about my weight.  Like many of us, I’ve eaten more junk food than I should during the quarantine. I went to a local store to buy a donut for my husband. The employee said something like, “You shouldn’t eat that. You’re skinny; it’ll make you fat.” I explained the dessert wasn’t for me; it was for my spouse. The young lady said, “Well, then it’ll make him fat.”

I went out of the store grinning from ear to ear. I left it to her smiling supervisor to explain why the comment was inappropriate…Who cares? I’m not going to report her to the politically correct police. She was the answer to a prayer.

My Conclusion

God is listening. He knows when we need comfort. He sends help when we need it. Please enjoy this video, “Never Alone”, by Hillsong Young and Free.

How have you been encouraged lately?

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