Instead, be filled with the Spirit, ~Ephesians 5:17-19
Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold, ~Proverbs 8:10
To give to those who mourn in Zion
Joy and gladness instead of grief,
A song of praise instead of sorrow. ~Isaiah 61:3
Depending on the version of Bible you read, there are 43-103 instances of the word “instead” recorded.
It is interesting to me that as the translations are more current, there are more instances of the word “instead.”
Think about where you are now, and what
you have learned, and who you have become, and where you are headed due largely
in part to those things NOT happening that you were sure that wanted to
Even if those thoughts are painful, and you are still wishing, be
patient. You are in the middle point of here to there. If things haven’t worked
out they aren’t done working out yet. You will soon see, beautiful friend, Trust this.
~Brave Girls Club
Because of Grace, sometimes God leads us to an “instead moment.”
Or, He waits with us, holding us in His grace, until we find strength.
I wonder, Are our “insteads” really God’s “suddenlies”?
Perhaps that is a question best marinated until another day…