Habakkuk 3:19 The Eternal Lord is my strength! He has made my feet like the feet of a deer; He allows me to walk on high places. (VOICE)
I’ve heard someone refer to living with a person with a mental illness as being the hand they were dealt, as if God is some sort of dealer in a cosmic casino.
Nothing could be further from the truth. God knows exactly what He’s doing in my life, and I have to believe that it’s all for my good. He knew me before I was born and He’s still active in the circumstances of my life.
God promises not only that He can make something good out of the messes, but also that He’ll give me the strength to make it through to the other side. In fact, having His Spirit in me is my strength.
When I read this verse, I often think of what those high places are. It’s being able to see the person and not the illness. It’s being able to turn to God first, before my emotions take over. It’s being able to feel gratitude instead of self-pity. It’s getting up every day seeing it as an opportunity and not a drudgery.
I don’t always get it 100 percent. Sometimes I go down the slippery slope of frustration or anger or sadness. But I always know that God’s strong arms will help me up the mountain again.
And sometimes when I have feet of clay instead of feet of deer, I know that He still loves me.