…a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. -Isaiah 61:3

Sometimes you feel like you’ve done it all. You’ve prayed. You’ve turned the other cheek. You’ve endured. Now you feel like you’ve been crushed into dust…just ashes.

Sometimes, the best thing to do is to go limp. Let your Father carry you in His arms. Just take a deep breath, and breathe out. Just melt.

Our Heavenly Father has more than enough strength to hold you and every single one of His children at the same time! Don’t doubt for a second that He can comfort you not just through His Word, but through His strength.

But did you know that certain kinds of volcanic ash, over time, can yield some of the richest soils from which beautiful flora bloom? While He’s comforting you, He’s arranging your life to the best it can be.

Find a quiet place, even for a few minutes, and pray to Him. Ask Him to be that big comfy chair you can lie across like a limp rag doll. Close your eyes and breathe deeply and slowly, and whisper Jesus’ name, and He will comfort you like no other.

Rise refreshed, true believer. God knows your pain and your struggle, and sometimes, you have to call time out to let your Heavenly Father comfort and recharge you like no one else can. The very ashes around you are the beginnings of fertile grounds for your next chapter. God is on your side.

Today’s soundtrack

Casting Crown’s “Just Be Held” exhorts us to trust in what God’s doing with our lives, and to let Him comfort us while we wait.