Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Weathering The Storm

My heart ached yesterday. 

I had just learned that someone I knew was going through a difficult time. This wasn't just your standard "woke-up-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-bed-and-I-need-chocolate" kind of time, but the "terrified-because-life-is-the-hardest-it-has-ever-been-and-I-feel-like-dying" kind of time. It seems like every week I hear another story of a person or family experiencing hardship, and while I can't truly understand what each of them are going through, I hurt deeply with them. The worst part is that as much as I want to make things better for them, I am powerless to change their situation.

In those moments when darkness seems to surround us and terror seems to choke us, it's easy to think that life will always be like this, that things will never get better, and that what we feel now is what we're always going to feel.

Frustrated. Forsaken. Desperate. Fearful. Hurt. Beaten. Betrayed. Weary. Guilty. Angry. Helpless.

Hopeless.

We can't imagine that there's any happiness, peace, restoration, or blessing in store for our future and we wonder how things could possibly change or get better. But isn't that what the enemy wants? For us to feel less and less hope until we're clinging to what's left of our faith as if we're hanging by a thread? For us to despair of our lives and shout into the darkness, "Where are you, God?"

Where are you, God?

For the last few weeks, I've been memorizing a verse of Scripture. At first, I wasn't sure why the Lord brought this verse to my attention, but maybe it's not for me. Not yet. Maybe today, it's for you.

"Be strong and courageous; don't be terrified or afraid...For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you." -Deuteronomy 31:6


Where is God? Right here with you. He understands like nobody else can. He feels your pain, and suffers with you. Every new day is proof that this isn't the end. He's on the move, and He's working all things together for your good. The storms that rage in the sky don't make the sun or stars go away. They make it hard for us to see for a while, but we can be certain that the storms will clear and we'll see the light again. Stay strong, friend; not in your strength, but in the strength of Jesus Christ. Don't lose hope. Don't give up. If your faith is hanging by a thread, then you keep clinging to the end of that thread.

This is not the end. The light is on it's way.