By Our Side…


2 Kings 6:16 Don’t be afraid . . . Those who are with us are more than those who are with [the enemy]. 

There’s this cuteness. 

He’s a border collie who lives on a farm in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. One morning, he and his owner, Tom, set out to check on some animals. They rode together in a small farm utility truck. When they arrived, Tom left the vehicle but forgot to put the brake on. With the pup in the driver’s seat, the vehicle rolled down a hill and across two lanes of traffic before it stopped safely. To watching motorists, it appeared the pup was out for a morning drive. Indeed, things are not always as they seem.

It seemed as if Elisha and his servant were about to be captured and carried off to the King of Aram. The king’s forces had surrounded the city where Elisha and his servant were staying. The servant believed they were doomed, but Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid . . . . Those who are with us are more than those who are with [the enemy]” (2 Kings 6:16). When Elisha prayed, the servant was able to see the multitudes of supernatural forces that were in place to protect them.

Situations that seem hopeless are not always the way we perceive them to be. When we feel overwhelmed and outnumbered, we can remember that God is by our side. He is in this place. In this time. In this season. He isn’t going anywhere.

He is with us, even when we can’t see Him.

Looking up…


The boy drew it. It was a simple butterfly. But it comes at the time when I need this grace reminder. This prodding to look heavenward. To remember. This life. This pain. It isn’t forever. It is temporary. Life is a vapor. And it can change so quick. When it does, what’s a girl to do. Life can become hard overnight. Major decisions to be made. Loved ones fading quick. Struggling. Sickness is stealing time. Like a bandit. You don’t see it coming. You wonder what you could’ve 
done different. What can you do now? 


Look up. Heaven is near. 


Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

Here and now can be painful. So much heartbreak. 

A butterfly is made beautiful only through pain.

The struggle is necessary. Darkness a must. 

It’s in the tight confounds of her cocoon her transformation takes place. 

No one can see what’s going on underneath. Not even her. She becomes unrecognizable. 

Psalm 37:7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…do not fret…

Fretting is like kindling a fire. It will consume you. Every aspect of your thoughts and heart will be destroyed. Your life is in the Lord’s hands. 

He makes everything beautiful in His time.

If the pressure is mounting, be still. Know He is God. Allow Him to do what He desires. 

What emerges from that season of pain, will stun you. 

A new creation. Something unimaginable. A whole different you.

Wings. Fluttering wings to soar to new heights. 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

These sorrows are temporary. 

Fix your eyes on the eternal.

Look beyond the here and now. 

As for the butterfly, a life giving fluid must be distributed to her wings. This can only happen by her vigorous flapping under pressure in a tight dark place. 

At just the right, she emerges. Stunning. Strong. And soaring to new heights. 



God sees…

She was lonely. Completely out there on her own. In a situation not of her choosing.

Genesis 16:7 The angel of the LORD found Hagar beside a spring of water in the wilderness, along the road to Shur.

Christmas can be such a lonely time. While we can be surrounded by a crowd of people, we still feel alone. There can be a longing in our hearts that no one can see. A loss of a loved one can weigh especially heavy during this season. Distance. Broken relationships. All of these things can leave us feeling down.

God sees.


In this place that you find yourself in today.

Even if it’s the worst of situations.

God hears your affliction.

He will give you strength to endure.

Exodus 3:12 God answered, “I will be with you…”

He will become to you all that you need.

1 Corinthians 15:58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

This season in your life will turn out to be a blessing. God wastes nothing.

Be still and know He is God. He is taking you beyond what you think you can do.

He sees. You. Personally. The desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

He knows when the journey is too much for us.

Trust it all to Him.

He loves you. You are His child. If need be, He will carry you through. That’s what a good Daddy does. You have a good good Father in Heaven who cherishes you.

That makes for a happy Christmas.






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