Right Before My Eyes …

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“and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.” – I Peter 1:8

With a heavy heart, I prayed. Weary and worried, longing for relief, I prayed. And it came.

“…those who wait for the Lord will renew their strength …”

The Lord gently spoke to me. His peace replaced my anxiety as I ended the day in prayer. Amazingly, He wasn’t finished speaking. As I leaned over to turn out the light, I glanced at my open Bible.*

Can you believe it?!!! The same verse God had just whispered in my ear lay right before my eyes: “Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” – Isaiah 40:31

Absolutely astounding. Though completely unintended on my part, God had pre-purposed to present this verse to me at that precise moment. I could hardly believe my eyes as I sensed God’s presence in such a tangible way.

The Lord’s personal touch continues to awe me. How is it that the God of the universe has time for me? Yet He knows the number of hairs on my head, knows my needs before I ask … and cares for me!

Whether we realize it or not, God has a vested interest in our lives. He loves to interact with us and communicate His great love. Are we listening and looking?

May the power of His presence and the peace of His Word vitally impact us today. The living God – the Lover of our souls – seeks us out for relationship with Him through His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Absolutely astounding.

“What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him?” – Psalm 8:4

*This practice of leaving my Bible open began years ago after I heard about Ruth Bell Graham doing the same. There’s something powerful in this simple act … a way to welcome God’s Word continually into my home and heart.

2 thoughts on “Right Before My Eyes …

  1. Dear Emily,

    This is very timely today, Wed. May 9, I was not able to read it until now. The medication I am on is apparently causing me to tire easily. It has been making me wonder if my “slow down” will effect my ministry. I am not getting much done in a day. Isaiah 40:41 was like fresh water to my thirsty soul. I wait on Him for strength. I am greatly encouraged that He will renew my strength. Praise God. I claim His provise!

    With love,


    1. Yes, He will strengthen you to fulfill the plans He has for you – love you!

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