"My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever." Psalm 73:26
My dear friend, Julie, and founder of this site is living out this verse. Diagnosed with a severe health prognosis, she continues to exhibit peace and joy. She chooses to focus on the beauty of nature around her and share it with others in her amazing photos. God remains the strength of her heart.
How does she do it? I don't have all the answers, but I believe I know some of the pieces of the mosaic, having known her for many years.
First, she has spent years walking with God. She has been faithful in loving him and walking out his guidelines for right living and loving others. She has walked with God faithfully through the good and the hard soil. She knows who he is and that he is a good God who redeems. She knows his voice. ("My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." – Jesus, John 10:27)
There are days Julie makes a choice to be thankful in her difficult challenges, despite her feelings. God through Asaph calls this thankfulness a sacrifice. And God honors her for this. ("Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory." Psalm 72:14)
My guess is there are moments when all Julie can do is pour out to God her pain, questions, sorrows, and loss. I've been there, and I'm sure you have too. We see this often in King David whom God called a man after his own heart. And what's interesting is how when David pens his true heart cry filled with fear, sorrow, or confusion, his heart turns around back to peace, joy, and faith. Julie and David know the key is in going to God. He is our Father and desires relationship. He desires good things for us. When we pour out our heart's cry, God refills it with better.
Thank you, Julie, for being such an amazing example of what it looks like to have God's goodness shine through you. To show others what it looks like to have hope in dark days.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." – Alamoth, Psalm 46:1,2