Deeper Day 280: Even my disappointments are cloaked in victory

This week, one of my children needed to write a paper about their greatest disappointment for English class. I was heartbroken over what that child said next, “I don’t want to write about it though, because I’m still living it right now.” Tears welled up in their eyes and I asked (even though I already knew), “What is your greatest disappointment?” “Things with dad’s work.” Was the reply.

I can’t argue that it’s been a long and disappointing season, but as I rolled those words around my head, I started remembering all the times God had been faithful during this time. It is truly miraculous, the way He’s been providing for our family. It’s impossible to see it and not feel loved. Then I heard God saying to my heart, “I cloak even your greatest disappointments in victory.”

It was then that I realized I needed to make sure that my child had a chance to feel validated in her emotions, but then to make certain she could see the bigger picture too. The place where God’s glory has been dwelling over us in such beautiful ways. The moments of provision that prove we are walking out something He’s using to draw us closer. We’ve praised God for each instance of provision during this time, but it’s easy to feel bogged down by the length of this season. It’s easy to begin to forget the moments of blessing because the day to day wondering takes hold.

I believe most Americans are feeling this way right now. All the changes that have occurred in our way of life over the last few months has been shocking. The political intensity of this season easily feels overwhelming and so stressful. But we must take time to remember all the faithfulness of the past, and to see that when we are part of God’s family, we will always have victory no matter the circumstance.

I speak to your spirit right now, arise and shine for the Light has come. Don’t back down to the darkness that roams the earth. Don’t give in to hopelessness and fear. Refuse to partner with foolish conversation. Make yourself aware of what’s really going on, don’t just listen to what you’re told. Always consult the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, before you make choices and decisions. We were born for victory. We will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

Prayer Moment: God, keep my heart and mind focused on Your goodness. Help me to speak to fear and remind it about Your faithfulness. Let me be fear’s foe. Bless me with a spirit of optimism and remove any pessimistic root from within me. I am set toward victory in all things. Teach me to walk victoriously. I adore You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

For the Lord your God is the One Who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. Deuteronomy 20:4

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33