THE GRATEFUL HEART (DAY 14)
The Grateful Heart is a two-week long devotional series dedicated to guiding women towards finding a grateful heart during difficult seasons of life and equipping them with the tools they need to take back their joy.
His Ways Are Higher
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Today is the final day of this two-week daily devotional and I have so beyond grateful that you’ve been willing to walk through it with me. I really felt like God placed this on my heart because I had been going through a season of about two months of feeling as though I had fallen into a pit I couldn’t get out of.
I was struggling to find joy or thankfulness in any aspect of my life and felt like anything that I thought would finally bring relief just kept getting postponed. I felt alone, like I was losing sight of hope, and like I was having a hard time finding God’s voice in it. Through seeking Him together, I feel like He has all given us something new.
The Hope of Winter
Two of my favorite things in the world only happen twice a year. I love the very first snowflake that I see stick to the ground in the beginnings of winter, and I love the very first green blade of grass in spring that I see standing up amongst its sleeping brothers. I love the first snowflake because I know the warmth and the welcome of the holidays and what that will bring, and I love the first blade of grass because I live for the sunshine and basking in it.
One season brings about letting go of your natural surroundings and finding refuge in the fireplaces, the scarves, the hot cups of coffee nestled in-between palms and the warm embrace of people around you. The other season is an invitation to suddenly remember the beauty of a living and breathing world around you, and it brings about an excitement for adventure and freedom to roam and flourish.
One season is to celebrate gratitude and thanksgiving for what we have been given. Another is to find joy in the promise of new life.
Did you know that winter is an absolutely essential and very productive season? It is a season that gets rid of what isn’t needed, it evacuates of what is unnecessary and it prepares for an awakening that is bolder and brighter than the year before.
It is a time to prepare. A time to let go. A time to dig roots deeper.
If you began this devotional with me because you felt a stirring in your heart in the promise of pushing past obstacles and overcoming a difficult season or a quiet season, I hope that this path we have walked together for a bit has helped you to know that you’re not alone. I hope that it has helped you to draw near to the heart of your Father and to have eyes that are a bit more open to His love active and at work around and within you. A spring season will always precede the cold winter.
I hope that by seeking Him out, you see that He is the God who hears. His ways are higher than what we can see.
As it draws to a close, I want us to pray this together:
Jesus, our hearts can’t express enough gratitude for all that you have done. But more so, our hearts can’t express enough gratitude for all that you are. As we go through each day let us remember that your ways are higher. Let us remember that your love draws from a deeper well than we could ever fathom and that you use all things for our good.
Let us remember that eternity was set in our hearts to remind us of the hope that we can hold onto knowing that you were, are and always will be enough for us. Give us the wisdom to choose joy and to choose gratitude when all may seem lost and give us the passion and the courage to shine brightly for you.
Jesus, help us to be daughters that are brave. Let us be brave enough to know that even in a season when all may seem to be lifeless or dry or bitter, that you are growing our roots deeper in you and helping us to let go of what you know we don’t need. Let our hearts trust ever more fully in your Word, in your promise, and in the gift you freely gave to us that you have called us yours.
We love you, Lord.