Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.
My name is Xochitl Dixon. Today I share about a sweet moment I had with God in Spotting Rainbows of Hope. During an October vacation, another battle with chronic pain forced me to spend the first few days recovering in our room. My mood became as overcast as the sky. When I finally ventured out to enjoy sightseeing at a nearby lighthouse with my husband, gray clouds blocked much of our view. Still, I snapped a few photos of the shadowy mountains and dull horizon. Later, disappointed because a downpour tucked us in for the night, I skimmed through our digital pictures.
Gasping, I handed my husband the camera. A rainbow! Focused on the gloominess earlier, I'd missed out on God refreshing my weary spirit with the unexpected glimpse of hope. Physical or emotional suffering can often drag us down into the depths of despair. Desperate for refreshment, we thirst for reminders of God's constant presence and infinite power. As we recall the countless times God has come through for us and for others in the past, we can trust that our hope is secured in Him no matter how downcast we feel in the moment. When bad attitudes or difficult circumstances dim our vision, God invites us to call on Him, read the Bible, and trust His faithfulness. As we seek God, we can rely on Him to help us spot rainbows of hope arched over the darkest days.
Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is Psalm 42. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, where is your God? These things I remember as I pour out my soul. How I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One, with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me, therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon, from Mount Mazar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls, all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God my rock, why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, where is your God? Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God. Let's pray. Almighty God, thank you for refreshing our spirits and turning our plea for mercy into hope-filled praises. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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