Thoughtful in The Dark

Reminder

May 01, 2024 Ralph Cortes Season 4 Episode 4
Reminder
Thoughtful in The Dark
More Info
Thoughtful in The Dark
Reminder
May 01, 2024 Season 4 Episode 4
Ralph Cortes

The idea for Reminder came to me more than ten (10) years ago when I was dealing with a very depressive state of mind. In spite of the challenges I faced mentally and spiritually, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of the Word of God. As a result of this unlikely situation, I was compelled to write this episode which was originally written in Spanish. The following is my English version remake. It is my sincere hope that you will enjoy it.   — Ralph  

Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!
Start for FREE

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.

Support the Show.

Show Notes Transcript

The idea for Reminder came to me more than ten (10) years ago when I was dealing with a very depressive state of mind. In spite of the challenges I faced mentally and spiritually, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of the Word of God. As a result of this unlikely situation, I was compelled to write this episode which was originally written in Spanish. The following is my English version remake. It is my sincere hope that you will enjoy it.   — Ralph  

Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!
Start for FREE

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.

Support the Show.

Reminder

I was in the middle of answering some emails during one of my many sleepless nights. I was trying to stay focused with my reading while many thoughts moved in my head like a steady persistent morning fog. I was going through some personal ordeals at the time. I felt myself inside a very dark place where only loneliness and uncertainty play a definite role. Some of these emails, however, were notifications from a Bible application I have on my mobile device. Then, something unexpectedly clicked in my consciousness. What if I had the opportunity to send the devil an email. What would I communicate in the middle of all my nightmares if I had an opportunity? If wondered, if we were given the chance to communicate with such medium, what would we dare to write? This gave birth to Reminder. 

Plenty are the times when you successfully make me fall. And there are also times when you cloud my sight, making me unable to see the road ahead of me clearly. I sometimes feel desperation as if I had reached a precipice. I witness your injustice, and the bad that you do around us. I see the divisions that you so cleverly create among us, even inside our churches. You touch the very sensitive parts within me, and you are also masterful at making me feel useless. You seem to always present me with options, but none of them are wise enough or worth the try. You are very skillful hurting my heart. You intrude not only with me, but also with my friends, with my family. You celebrate my failures and toast during your afternoon meals with my tears. You create feelings of ire, confusion and reproach towards the least deserving one: our God. And yes, I said “ours”, because He is also your God! And you know that.

And even though you have been successful in many of your battles, this is nothing but a simple reminder that you have already lost the war that you rage against me. Do what you do or move after move, your end is non-negotiable. I believe in my God’s promises. I believe in his plans with me, and how his love delivers me from your sharp and deadly claws. You may be enjoying what you are able to do with me now, but know that I become stronger through my weaknesses, and the necessity to cry for help from above gets me closer to my God. I also believe in what God has already done for me, even before the foundation of this world. Just like He promised Joshua, there He will be. I believe He will heal me like He did with Job, and although I may not have much, He will also multiply my blessings! He will help me regain my sight, like He did with Paul. God will deliver me from the belly of the beast, like He did for Jonah, and you will not miss that. You will fall. You will suffer, and ultimately fail in your rebellion. You will pay for all your bad deeds, and I will not miss that!

The life of a servant of God is based on a road of service and sacrifice, and of that, I am sure. God did not promise any of us a pleasant life, but He did promise shelter from you and your evil plans. Under his care there is no space for you. I may not have a lot in the material aspect today, but God gave his only begotten Son for me, making me the justice of Him through his own Son! Answer this, what do you represent? 

Today, I declare a life in victory recognizing that each and every attack from you, becomes the next step that gets me closer to my God. You have your destiny, but I also have mine. This is motivation strong enough to sit down and write this email. I am sure you will continue to hurt me, and you will continue to double your efforts to destroy me and my loved ones. But, you are not strong enough to defy our God and his plans, and that certainty gives me life!

I would like to remind you that your destiny, like mine, is already written. The difference between you and me is that at the end, when all is said and done, when his second coming becomes real, only one of us will live with Him for eternity: me! 

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

R. Cortes / Thoughtful in The Dark The Podcast / 2024