June 14 - Desiree Caluza, People of Abundance, Part 4
On Sunday we got a rare treat as the fabulous Desiree Caluza preached for us to close out our series on the 23rd Psalm. I won’t try to recreate her personal story here, since it’s her story to tell, but if you missed it I hope you’ll check it out here.
Desiree shared about difficult times she experienced growing up and contrasted that with what we see in Psalm 23:6:
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
There are many days when we certainly don’t feel surrounded by any goodness or love. When we’re walking through the dark valleys of our life, when we’re struggling financially, grieving the loss of a loved one, or have been abandoned or betrayed by someone we trusted, how do we know that God will keep his promises?
Look back over your life at all the times God has come through for you. There are so many! Trust that He can and will do it again. Reflect on those times when He not only got you through your darkest days, but He brought a resolution that was far more beautiful than you could have ever imagined. Earlier in this same Psalm, David says: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4) David had experienced God’s provision through his suffering, God’s protection against his enemies, God’s comfort in his darkest days. And that was how he was able to trust that goodness and love would follow him daily.
Desiree reminds us of God’s tendency to bring beauty from ashes. Those messes in life that seem most irreparable are where God brings about the greatest miracles. I’ve experienced brokenness in my life that I thought I would suffer forever, but only through God’s grace and mercy, I’ve seen healing, blessings, and abundance I never dreamed possible.
God doesn’t waste suffering; He uses it for good. It’s up to us to understand and know that He is with us all the time. Trust what He says is true. Be patient through the dark valleys. God is right next to you with His goodness and love and is working things out for the good of His kingdom.
ALL the days of your life.