But Jesus took her by the hand and called out, “Get up, child!” – Luke 8:54 GNT
Although this verse is just one verse in the story of one of Jesus’ many beautiful miracles, this verse stands out to me in a powerful way. The image that comes to mind is me at my lowest, huddled on the ground with my head down, thinking there is no way out, when I hear him call out to me…
I look up to see His hand reaching out to me.
“Get up, child!”
He pursues us. Even when we are too lost in our circumstances to reach for Him, He is reaching out to us. To lift us up from our lowest places. It isn’t over. This isn’t the end. He has blessings in store, even when we think we can’t go on.
In our day-to-day lives, this may not look like the image in my mind. But it is just as real. He reaches out through those around us.
Through that verse of the day that grabbed your attention.
Through that Facebook post that touched your heart.
Through that friend who took the time to listen.
Through that stranger’s act of kindness.
Through that loved one’s hug.
Through that co-worker’s kind words, that soothed your soul.
His love can reach out to others through us, as well. We can be His hands that lift others to their feet again. We can be His voice when someone needs the encouragement to get up and go on.
When you feel like you are not in a season of joy, remember – you are in a season of hope.
Lord, thank You so much for taking me by the hand and pulling me out of the pain of my circumstances so many times. I want to stay on my feet no matter what I’m facing, and remember that I’m never alone and that there is always hope. Please open my eyes so that I may see every opportunity for You to reach out to others through me when they need help getting up again. Amen
“Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.”
Genesis 11:31 NIV
Terah set out to go to Canaan, but settled in Harran.
What made him leave his homeland?
Did the call to go to Canaan originally begin with Abraham’s father, Terah? We know that after Terah dies, God tells Abraham to continue the journey into Canaan…
When He calls us, He allows us to make the choice to follow His plan or not. But God’s plans will be achieved, with or without you. Don’t you want to be a part of His success? If you do, then you have to surrender and let Him work through you.
The journey may be a long one, and it may be difficult at times, but we know that His plans for us are good. We have to move when He calls us into action and we have to keep going, even when it would be easier to stop. We don’t get to decide when we’ve done enough – not if we want to see what He is leading us into.
How many things have I missed because I settled for something less?
How many things have I started and not finished?
Dear God, Thank You for making me a part of Your plan. I don’t want to settle for anything less than where You want to take me. I don’t want to give up, so please give me the strength to follow where You are leading me.
“For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside.”
– Job 23:11 NLT
Life is a journey, and along the way, we will run into detours, construction, or we may miss our exit. But that doesn’t mean that we should turn around and go home, or stop where we are and never move forward. At times like these, we must take a look around and figure out where to go from here.
With God as your navigation, you will never be lost.
When I feel like I can use some direction, I will pray:
Dear God, I am determined to make it to the destination that you have chosen for me. Please show me the way! Amen