So we found out some discouraging, but not entirely unexpected, news this past week. I am not ready to share with the blog world yet as we are still processing it and haven't told everyone we need to. However, I was feeling really sad after getting this news. Sad and hopeless and mad and...
And then I was flipping through my grandma's Bible looking for a verse to focus on for the beginning of May. And I ran across 1 John 4:16.
And so we know
on the love God has for us.
And I didn't even realize until later that this verse continues. "God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him." But I'm focusing on the first half of the verse. I know God loves me (our family) despite the news we received. We can rely on God's love for us despite... Because, despite it all, God IS love.
To me this verse carries a similar promise to Jeremiah 29:11. "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" God knows what is coming (has come) our way and we can trust God to get us through it because we can rely on His love.
This verse will be carrying me through the next weeks and months as the effects of this news (which I will blog about eventually, it's just not time yet) continue to play out in our lives.