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Seasons With My Savior
A Devotional Journal
byAmy Jo Wrobel
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IT’S BEEN A WEEK…
Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”
God has truly been with our family this week. And it’s been a week. You know those kinds of weeks where you are done before you even begin, and you think it will never end. Yes, that kind of week. But this week, we learned about water. Lots and lots of water. Clean water and dirty water. Nourishing and “good for you” water…and destructive flood waters.
It all started with a gentle rain that morphed into a genuine thunderstorm. But it didn’t end there. Here in Iowa, we have a saying, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 30 minutes.” And it’s perfectly true. That magnificent thunderstorm suddenly became torrential rains that flooded the gutters, streets, drains, basements, and our small ground floor apartment.
I remember singing as a child the Bible song “the rains came down and the floods went up” …and now, staring helplessly at the rising water, those words came back to me. Water coming up through the drains and toilets, and down the stairs and through the windows. Water, water, everywhere…and destruction. Devastation. No words for what we saw happening and we were powerless to stop it. And yet, God’s Word promises He is with us when the waters come. When the river overflows the bank. He is with me. Right there. In that moment.
And He was. And He is. And He washes away all the filth and removes the trash. Slowly, I take my eyes off the waters and fix them on Him. He was with us in our “homelessness” providing us a place to live. He was there with us when there was no place to do laundry, providing helping hands to do our laundry and return it to us fresh and clean. He was there when we didn’t have a refrigerator providing meals and bottled water. He was there in each kind word, each encouraging card, and each friendly helping hand.
Isn’t that how it is with our hearts? Sometimes our hearts need a good “flooding” of Jesus coming in and cleaning it out from the destructive thoughts, filthy words, the emotional trash. And while I am often at a loss for when these times of being washed by the waters come, it leaves me feeling fresh and clean inside. And when the rains of cleansing are done, it leaves behind new life, new beginnings, and new perspective that Jesus walked through the storm with me. And didn’t let my soul become overwhelmed. You know, that kind of week.
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About the Book
Do you ever feel like you are fighting the battle of life all alone? Are trials in your life weighing you down, keeping you chained like a prisoner in your own thoughts? Have you ever considered other Christ followers might be experiencing the same depth of grief, loss or pain? Are you ready to step out of the dark of night into the light of a new day? Is it time to move from the coldness of the winter into the warmth of the summer sun? Join Amy Jo Wrobel as she examines challenging seasons in her own life that compelled her in desperation to seek solace and hope from the Scriptures. Take encouragement from the psalmist, the Apostle Paul and even our Lord, Jesus Christ. Know that this Christian journey is not meant to be a solitary one. No matter what season you are experiencing, you will find a fellow sojourner’s encouragement and hope to bring comfort to your hurting heart.
About the Author
Amy Jo Wrobel is wife to Dave, mom to Kylie and Lillie, mother in love to Grant (who married Kylie) and kitty grandma to two cats. She has been a full-time piano teacher for 27 years at the Piano~Forte Studio. Amy Jo loves gardening barefoot, sharing the flowers in her garden with visitors, baking cheesecake, and sitting by bodies of water in quiet contemplation. Her favorite activities often include her family as they hike mountain paths, road trip to the sights and wonders of the Midwest and sit around a roaring fire under the stars.