Do you know your own story? Your own testimony? I didn’t, until recently.
And now, this is what I do know:
If you can’t tell your story, you can’t understand God’s purpose for you.
Just a few years ago, I was a successful professional woman. On the outside. I appeared to thrive and survive working in a crazy media world.
But on the inside, I was lifeless. I’d been walking around for years believing in God, but with a dead, dusty heart. I really didn’t know how to reach up to the heavens and call His name.
Does this sound like you?
After hearing God’s calling, I started POSITIVELY JOY as a podcast and ministry about the struggle for us to walk in our joy. It was hard for me to figure out who I was and what God has planned for me because I didn’t have what some refer to as a God-changing life event.
Instead, I think I was more like the prodigal’s brother — or sister. Numb to the experiences God was calling me to. Prideful and envious of others. Even in my success! Nothing satisfied me.
But now I realize that I was looking for comfort, not contentment. That is what Isaiah is talking about in this month’s scripture verse.
When I reach for God’s comfort, I receive all that I need, and nothing that I don’t. God transformed my dead ground into Eden. I want to be in a place filled with “exuberance and laughter, thankful voices and melodic songs” and I bet you do, too.
Below is artwork of the same passage, this time from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.