As we head into the crazy time of year we call the ‘Christmas Season’ I want you all to be encouraged. I received this message from a relative of mine on Facebook several weeks ago, it actually accompanied a link to another message, but I was busy and all that popped up on my phone were the words she wrote above the link ‘Be encouraged’. Wow, I thought, how could she possibly have known how discouraged I had been feeling the night before. God must have been telling her that’s exactly what I needed to hear that day.
You see, the night before I’d come home from doing some stand-in work for the series ‘Here, Now’. We’d been out on a hiking trail at Mt. Tabor park in Portland and I had to walk up and down the hills as a stand-in so they could get the lighting right for the actors when they came back on set. I was just figuring out in the weeks before this that going uphill seemed to be a trigger for my lower back pain. I had a bad feeling I was going to end the day in a lot of pain. Which I had. I was so discouraged that night. I felt broken, like nothing or no one was going to be able to fix me.
I got up that morning knowing I had to take some Ibuprofen just to make it out the door to my first appointment with the chiropractor. I wasn’t feeling hopeful that they would be able to fix me, either. In fact, I was worried they would make it worse trying to adjust me without knowing what was going on. Then this little message pops up on my phone. ‘Be encouraged’, it said.
It wasn’t until hours later when I got home from the chiropractor that I actually opened it up and saw there was a link as well. It was a great message from a motivational speaker who was talking about how God was going to excavate our lives, He was clearing away the rubble and when we lift our eyes, we are gong to see a beautiful mosaic out of all the broken pieces of our lives. Wow. Powerful.
And yet, how could the person who sent this know that even just her words added to the link had already lifted me up and encouraged me as I went out the door to go to the chiropractor to see if he could help put me back together again. And perhaps she sent this same message to others as well that day, but it hit me right when I was feeling helpless and hopeless.
I remembered it again the other day as I was walking around the park looking at the ducks near the pond. There were some black ducks nearby, but when you got up close, you could see that they had this beautiful iridescent shimmer to their black feathers – making them shine in greens and blues and purples. They weren’t really just black ducks. And the verse popped into my head. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26
He is taking care of me as I walk through this time of healing. Providing for me. And sometimes sending little bits of encouragement along my way right at the exact moment I’m feeling so discouraged. If anyone else out there is feeling discouraged right now, I want you also to be encouraged today, as well.
And also a link to the motivational speaker I got in my e-mail that day: Lisa Bevere