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I'm Lifting You Up

By Kimberly Henderson

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it,
do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that
you might be filled with the knowledge of his will
in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That
youmight walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing,
being fruitful in every good work, and increasing
in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all
might, according to his glorious power, unto all
patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving
thanks unto the Father, who has made us fit to be
partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
(Colossians 1:9-10)

I would have pulled Joseph out. Out of that pit. Out of that prison. Out of that pain. And I would have cheated nations out of the one God would use to deliver them from famine.

I would have pulled David out. Out of Saulís spear-throwing presence. Out of the caves he hid away in. Out of the pain of rejection. And I would have cheated Israel out of a God-hearted king.

I would have pulled Esther out. Out of being snatched from her only family. Out of being placed in a position she never asked for. Out of the path of a vicious, power hungry foe. And I would have cheated a people out of the woman God would use to save their very lives.

And I would have pulled Jesus off. Off of the cross. Off of the road that led to suffering and pain. Off of the path that would mean nakedness and beatings, nails and thorns. And I would have cheated the entire world out of a Savior. Out of salvation. Out of an eternity filled with no more suffering and no more pain.

And oh friend. I want to pull you out. I want to change your path. I want to stop your pain. But right now I know I would be wrong. I would be out of line. I would be cheating you and cheating the world out of so much good. Because God knows. He knows the good this pain will produce. He knows the beauty this hard will grow. Heís watching over you and keeping you even in the midst of this. And Heís promising you that you can trust Him. Even when it all feels like more than you can bear.

So instead of trying to pull you out, Iím lifting you up. Iím kneeling before the Father and Iím asking Him to give you strength. To give you hope. Iím asking Him to protect you and to move you when the time is right. I'm asking Him to help you stay prayerful and discerning. And Iím believing Heís going to use your life in powerful and beautiful ways. Ways that will leave your heart grateful and humbly thankful for this road youíve been on.

Written By Kimberly Henderson
Proverbs 31 Ministries


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