Our family has been struggling a bit over the last months. For various reasons. Involving various family members. From my perspective it has been rough, though different I am sure from many of your struggles.
Often times, in hardship, it is difficult to see the big picture. Sometimes we begin to feel as if God has forsaken us. We believe He is far, separate, held apart. There seems to be a great distance there.
Really, what may have actually happened is that we have strayed from Him.
Perhaps we’ve built up walls to protect ourselves from the pain in our lives and as a result we have also built a wall up between ourselves and God.
Or maybe we have just been so busy holding our lives, ourselves, together that we have not been able to even lift our heads to fix our eyes on the One who holds all the answers. The One who wants to hold us, comfort us, strengthen us, sustain us.
Even as I struggle to lift my own head and gaze upon Him, to focus on His plan for my life, to hear how He is calling me even in this current difficulty in my life, I encourage you to do the same. Lift your eyes. Look upon His promises. Read His word. Sing His praises. Because no matter what life throws at us, God never leaves us. He never fails. He builds us up, and sometimes He must do this by allowing difficulty in our lives. I believe we will each grow stronger, even as I shudder at the thought of one more thing gone wrong. I just can’t take it.
But I know the one who can.
And I am handing it all over to Him. Will you join me in doing the same? Cast your cares upon Him. He is there for you just as He is there for me. Reach out. Call upon Him. Lie prostrate before Him and call out His name, cry out to Him in your pain, suffering, despair, confusion, anger, hurt, sadness.
He hears you. And He will answer.
I recently discovered this beautiful song by chance (or divine intervention) after a friend shared 2 Corinthians 4:14-18 with me. These verses have been an encouragement to me even in our family struggles. I pray they will be an encouragement to you too, helping you to lift your eyes to the Lord to sustain you in your suffering and pain.
And the beauty of this song, the truth of it….it is my prayer even in my current suffering. Make it yours, too.
I have been reading The Search for Significance, another stark look at truth yet encouraging. I highly recommend it if you or someone you know is also searching for significance in life.
Can I pray for you? Leave a comment and I will add your needs to my prayer journal. Or feel free to contact me privately if that is better for you.
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