Have you ever felt like a deer in the headlights? You know what you should be doing, but just can't seem to get there? That's how I'm feeling this week. You see, I committed a few months ago to devote a portion of next week to a writing project that I have. I am just days away from it, and instead of feeling excited, or exhilirated, or elated, or energized (enough with the 'e' words)...this is me.
I'm at that place where I need God as he was in Isaiah 41. Not the part of the warrior fighting the enemies, but in verse 10, "Do not fear for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely. I will help you, surely. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
I love how the writer emphasizes the words of God with "surely." To me they mean, "did you get that?" And then he goes a step further and says, not only am I going to strengthen you, not only am I going to help you, but then...I'm going to hold you up in my very own righteous hand!
God likes to amaze us with his "not only's".
Not only am I going to deliver my people from slavery, but I'm going to split the sea in half to ease their departure!
Not only am I going to get my prophet's attention, but he's going to live to tell the story of life inside the belly of a whale!
Not only am I going to send my son to the earth to show you how to live, but when he dies, he will arise triumphant in 3 days!
So he's saying to me, from Isaiah 41:10, "Mary, not only amd I going to strengthen you, not only am I going to help you, but I will give you rest in my own righteous hand!"