to the one who has lost her way

enjoying the last days of summer & first days of fall

Come, and let us return to the Lord;
For He has torn, but He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.” (Hosea 6:1-2)

I know, beloved — sometimes you get lost and the way back seems like climbing a mountain higher than any mountain before, like walking through a valley darker than any valley of the shadow of death. You are trapped beneath your past, these parts torn and shattered — and what is left, weighs more than the world on your shoulders. You are losing pieces of your soul, bit by bit; these fractured corners now fragile and it feels like the more you give, the more you lose.

Listen to that whisper, beloved — the quiet one that echoes loud in your soul. Come, beloved. Come, return.

I know, beloved — when the fear rises in you, it comes in waves and pushes you under, steals that breath out of you time and time again. And I know, you want to get out but cannot find a way, think there is a way out for you anymore because every time you only get further away from where you want to be. Do not give up now, my friend. One more day, just one more day — hold on, and lift your eyes to see the hope of heaven.

Listen to that whisper, beloved — the quiet one that echoes loud in your soul. Come, beloved. Come, return.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2)

Please listen now, dear one. You can never wander off too far. You are never beyond hope, never past helping and left on your own. Every broken corner and shattered piece, they matter. All of them, they matter. Because, you see, scars are marks of battles the Lord has already overcome in you and the victory is already won, the death conquered and lives set free on the Cross.

So listen to that whisper, beloved — the quiet one that echoes loud in your soul. Come, beloved. Come, return. I love you.

Because sometimes in our misery, we imagine that God does not care about us, that He is far away from us… but that is never true, beloved. He is there. He is near, close to us, His arms ope and willing to receive us if only we turn and return to Him. So maybe there is a purpose in your pain — and you might not see it right now, dear one, but the beauty of these wounds and scars is only starting to bloom in you, if you are willing. That light, so brilliant and bright, it will shatter the frozen dreams and the translucent hope is like the sweetest scent wafting behind you.

For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land.”
(Isaiah 14:1a)

And I know, beloved — maybe you are just a decision away from giving up and letting go, this burden heavy on your chest and these tears streaming silent in your soul. So listen to that whisper, beloved — the quiet one that echoes loud in your soul. Come, beloved. Come, return. I love you.

Because you know the one thing about our God, the One who willing bent down to the lowest to be born in a stable and to walk that broken road to Calvary, to carry your sins on His body and being forsaken by God so that you would not have to? Our Lord, the God Almighty, the God Most High — He loves you. He loves you. Every decision you have ever made, and are still to make; every sin and mistake you have made; every dream you broke and hope you shattered — all these have now been washed away in the stream of His love. So you can turn now, you can turn back and return to the One who truly wants all of you and nothing less. Nothing is a surprise to Him and nothing is despised by Him, beloved. He loves you and He wants you — just as you are.

As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me.”
(Psalm 55:16-18a)

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10 thoughts on “to the one who has lost her way

  1. helloredds

    What a powerful and encouraging word, Ronja!!

    I love this from your post, “Nothing is a surprise to Him and nothing is despised by Him, beloved. He loves you and He wants you — just as you are.”

    Thank you for sharing so much hope today!

    I came over on Titus 2, and I’m glad to find your site.

    Hope you have a blessed day today~
    Melanie

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  2. Hi Ronja!
    I was so happy to see you are my neighbor at Holley’s link-up today! I read your post earlier this week when it arrived in my Feedly list and I thought it was so beautiful and heart-rending. These hope-filled words you write that God offers us no matter where we wander to on our life’s journey or what circumstances have us believing that God is not good to us, can all be restored when we make our way back to him. Believing in that good — for both of us, friend! xo

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    1. Valerie, thank you so much for this lovely encouragement! Is it not so amazing just how gracious our God is to remind us of His goodness, to weave that hope into our soul with His beautiful promises. Truly, so often I find myself in plain awe of His gentle grace that always wants to restore us back to Him — to what is best for us.

      Thank you so much for stopping by to comment here, my friend! It truly is such a blessing every single time. :) Be blessed this week!

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  3. Susan B Mead

    Ronja, this is beautiful. Deep calls to deep. Add Matt, my 30 year old son, to your prayer list that he will hear the call of God saying, “Come beloved…”

    Please share your words with the DanceWithJesus linkup to bless others there too. SusanBMead.com/family-is-linkup is this weeks linkup on the blog.

    Hope abounds! Susan

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    1. Susan, thank you so much for these kind words and for sharing with me here! Know that Matt is in my prayers — and I pray that you, too, will keep holding on to the hope that He is able. Oh, He is always able. God bless you, friend!

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  4. Sharon

    Thank you, Ronja, for this encouragement. I have so much trouble letting go. And God is just enough of a gentleman that He’ll let me wander off in discouragement or worry or despair. Yes, He keeps calling me back. And thankfully, He never lets go of me. He waits with open arms – might I flee to them in the first place, instead of wasting time running…

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Sharon, is that not the hardest thing always, to turn to Him first and not other places? I’m right there with you, friend. Yet, every single time He wants us to come back to Him — no matter how far we have wandered or how often we (unfortunately) do it. God truly is so good to us. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sharita! What a great, much needed encouragement this was to my soul. :) It’s always such a blessing to have you visit here, even more so after this while! Be blessed, my friend!

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