Mirages

Some seasons are just harder than others. 

I’ve been in a season where I have been towing a load that feels painful and tough. 

Yet, at every corner, I am lavished in God’s favor. I mean lavished! I can’t be easily offended because good continues to rain down. I can’t feel rejected because God continues to bring new life, encouragement, and support. One leaves. One comes. One says no. Someone says yes! People slam doors, but God opens new ones! 

Desert mirages fool your eyes into thinking there’s water and refreshment in the midst of drought. 

But in God’s world, the desert is the mirage. Even when it feels and appears dry, there’s living water and refreshment all around! 

What season are you in? 

Blessed is the one<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13941A" data-link="(A)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>
    who does not walk<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13941B" data-link="(B)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> in step with the wicked<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13941C" data-link="(C)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>
or stand in the way<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13941D" data-link="(D)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> that sinners take<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13941E" data-link="(E)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>
    or sit<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13941F" data-link="(F)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> in the company of mockers,<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13941G" data-link="(G)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>
but whose delight<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13942H" data-link="(H)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> is in the law of the Lord,<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13942I" data-link="(I)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>
    and who meditates<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13942J" data-link="(J)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13943K" data-link="(K)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>planted by streams<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13943L" data-link="(L)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> of water,<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13943M" data-link="(M)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>
    which yields its fruit<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13943N" data-link="(N)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> in season
and whose leaf<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-13943O" data-link="(O)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1–3 NIV)

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