I came across this portion of Isaiah 55:12, and was mightily blessed by it (and as in all things pertaining to Scripture, I encourage you to read the chapters around this passage in order to better understand the context).
Over the weekend, I was serving in children’s ministry at church and was privileged to overhear a delightful exchange between two young girls in my class.
- Me: I need a volunteer to pray for our snack,
- [Many little hands then go up, and I chose a girl who we will call Amanda.]
- Amanda: I will!
- Me: Thank you, Amanda. Please be sure to use a big voice so that everyone can hear your prayer, too.
- Amanda’s Friend (we’ll call her Lisa): You’ve GOT this, Amanda!
- [Amanda, comforted by her friend’s encouraging words, went on to share a sweet prayer of thanks with the class].
I believe the Lord wants us to depend upon Him so fully that we are able to “go out with joy” and “be led forth in peace”. So let’s remember to take a page out of Lisa’s book and offer words of kind support and encouragement to others, as the Holy Spirit leads.
i wish I could say everything went perfectly after then — it most assuredly did not (with 26 children in one room, there is always something going on!). In those few minutes, however, there was a sense of joy and peace in the classroom as little Amanda courageously offered up her prayer of thanks for our snack.
So who can we encourage this week? And if you need encouragement yourself, take a page out of the psalmist’s book and declare to the Lord, “Jesus, You’ve GOT this!” Our circumstances may not necessarily change in that moment, but an important shift takes place: We take our focus off of ourselves, and instead direct it where it belongs — on the character of God.
So here is wishing you a joy-filled week in Jesus. Remember, He’s GOT this (so that means you do, too)! ✝️