A rare moment of quiet this morning before Ezra woke up for the day.
I’ve been reading and re-reading the beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5 for the last few months, and each time something new sticks out to me.
This morning had me thinking about how Jesus says we are blessed when we find ourselves in need. Not just in need of “things”, but those deeper needs...loneliness, grief, pain.
I love that Jesus doesn’t downplay these afflictions, but instead reassures us that he will make things right. To me, it carried the message of “Don't let this stop you. Keep going. I, myself, will comfort you, provide for you.”
It reassures my heart that when I find myself hungry for more of God, grieving, hurting, or longing for peace, that I can have hope because he has already promised to meet my need– and then some.
It means to me that I don’t have to heap expectations on others or grow bitter waiting for people to reciprocate what I give, or love the way I think I should be loved.
Because when I am merciful, he promises to show me mercy. When I mourn, he promises to comfort. When I am desperate for more of His presence, He answers that need with the promise of Himself. He sees, he knows, and he will provide.
It’s amazing how we can find true fulfillment when we allow ourselves to experience vulnerability and need. “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” #morningthoughts