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I Shall Rise

By, Stephanie Bowman

Have you ever watched a newborn giraffe walk for the first time? It has got to be one the cutest things ever! My daughter is obsessed with all things animal and we watch a lot of nature shows. One of her favorites is Secrets of the Zoo. In this show, they show a lot of behind the scenes of what goes on at a zoo. There are numerous times when new baby animals are born. One of the best moments is getting to see these babies walk for the first time. As humans, our babies take an average of a year to being walking. But most baby animals are up and walking within hours if not minutes of being born. One thing I observed as these babies are walking, is that no matter how shaky their legs are, no matter how many times they fall, they get back up and keep trying.

This picture was brought to my mind as I was reading in Micah. Verses 7 and 8 of chapter 7 say, "But as for me, I will look to the Lord ; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me."

How many times have we felt like giving up, because we have fallen, yet again? How many times do we feel like we are sitting in darkness, all hope gone? These verses shone such a light to my heart as I realized that though we may be sitting in darkness, we are not alone. We have that light that is the Lord Jesus. That light never goes away.

We have to decide to turn to it and see it. When we fall, we will have the strength that comes from the Lord to rise again and reach for our Father. He will hear us. He is our hope and our salvation, all we need to do is take that action of faith and look to Him--to reach for Him--to wait on Him. Though our enemies (fear, doubt, anger, hopelessness to name a few) may laugh at our sufferings, through the strength of Jesus we shall rise!

The next time you are in a place of darkness or hopelessness, look to the Lord. Turn eyes to him and His Light, and rise!

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