Life is interesting, isn't it?
Sometimes it's great, other times it's so hard.
Hills and valleys.
Yet, one thing is always constant: God's love for us. It doesn't change, it doesn't waver, it is a constant in an ever-changing world.
Each day I read a passage of the day on Bible Gateway, and this morning's passage really struck me as appropriate for where I am:
"Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit." (Psalm 51:12).
I have been feeling really worn down lately. Life's not quite as I had hoped it would be at this point; it's not necessarily bad, just different, and this little passage seemed like an apt prayer.
It's easy to lose the joy of the Lord in the midst of things that bring us down. Maybe God's plan and our plan don't line up together. Maybe something promising fell through. Maybe this, or that, or something else...the enemy loves to distract us from what's important and tries very hard to get us focused on things that aren't important, doubt our path, confuse us.
Not only that, but if we lose the joy that we should have, we are less willing to listen to God and do what He asks us to do. It's a domino effect--when one piece falls, so go the rest of them. But God loves us, and doesn't want us to fall into these traps. He wants us to keep our eyes focused on Him, ready and willing to do His will.
I know I'm not the only person who goes through this. If you're feeling down, I hope that this simple little passage will resonate with you as it did with me!
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation!
Sustain me with a willing spirit!