A long story today, which I don’t like to do, because I know we all have the attention span of gnats.
I’m not one to push bible or religion, since it was forced down my throat while growing up. Instead I quietly practice my faith and if you want to hear my story, fine. If not, that’s fine too. A post last week on Facebook, got me thinking about what bible verses we claim as our own personal verse to live by.
On February 18th, 2015 we were in the throes of a polar vortex. According to my personal weather station’s history, it was 20° below zero that day, including wind chill. I had recently returned to school – online at UW-Stout – and I was having strong doubts whether I had made the right decision to go back. The coming years of study seemed daunting, overwhelming. I considered dropping out. Like some of you, I subscribe to YouVersion’s verse-of-the-day on my phone, and the verse that bitter morning was Psalm 27:14.
“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.” (AMPC)
Huh, what? Let your heart be stout. Stout? Amazing how God can name my school by name in the bible! LOL, whoa! God telling me to stay in school? “Let your heart be stout”. Repeating this verse has gotten me through my classes, whenever I got depressed or discouraged. Yeah, some of you may think I’m cray cray.
Recently, life has been kind of hard. I’ve been dealing with the pressures of my last semester of school, a hectic job, a lack of direction, personal issues, and I found myself struggling again. Then an interesting thing happened. During vacation this year, I lost my sunglasses. I bought the cheapest pair I could find, to get me through the rest of my trip. Forward to this month, when I went to put them on after a rough day, I noticed something written inside: “Be strong and courageous”. Recognizing that phrase as “bible”, I decided to look it up. Turns out it is part of several verses, but one of them is an alternate version of my Ps 27:14. Yep, right there on my sunglasses.
“Wait for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait for the LORD.” (HCSB)
The verse also turned up last week on Facebook and then yet again, last night! I was doing a study on YouVersion “21 days of leadership – When leaders get discouraged” Day 12 of the study.
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (KJVA)
Can I just say that waiting sucks? Ugh, and it says to wait twice! Wait for what? For how long? Sigh.
But yes, I will be strong and take heart because it is apparent that God is trying to tell me something. I am thankful for when verses repeat like this, because I know he sees me and he sees what I’ve been through, and he has my back.
Those of you that have stuck with me this far in reading this, what verse is your life verse, if you have one?
If you don’t have a verse you relate to, but would like one, get reading and that verse will find you.