Oh, my friends. I would love to share what’s on my heart with you today. It’s hard to know where to start. Quite frankly…I’m overwhelmed. I’m overwhelmed with shock, grief, dismay, worry, uncertainty, fear…
So many around me are struggling. From devastating diagnoses; to the tragic sudden loss of loved ones; to unanswered prayers; to extreme anxiety about the state of the world around us. And, let’s face it, you can’t even turn on the news anymore without feeling like everything is falling apart. It’s a scary time in our nation’s history.
The threat of terrorism is ever so prevalent in our lives now. Hatred between one another is tearing us apart, & it’s sickening to watch the destruction around us.
I see loved ones going through great trials…walking through extremely dark places in life…walking through times that many of us will never face. Others are struggling with devastating life changes that weren’t expected and don’t make sense.
I find myself questioning God. Feeling as though he’s made a mistake. Feeling as though He’s left us. Wondering if He knows what’s going on around us. Certainly He didn’t intend for my loved ones to be diagnosed with cancer…or to lose their child/spouse/sibling…or be hurt in some way. Surely He didn’t plan for our country to be in turmoil, or for His people to feel threatened and scared to share their faith.
At times I feel overwhelmed, and then I remember this verse from Psalm 61,
“…when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock, that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2
Every time I recite this verse in my mind I picture myself drowning in the fear, anxiety, & uncertainty that plague me. And I see God reaching down with His Almighty hand, and plucking me out of the rapids that have trapped me.
I picture Him placing me on a rock, in a beautiful place, high above the roaring rapids of turmoil beneath me…a glorious place that I could have never reached on my own…in my own strength. A rock that only my All-Knowing Heavenly Father could place me on.
Have you ever walked through an extremely dark and uncertain time in your Christian life? Have you ever wondered if God had made a horrific mistake?
I’ve walked through those times like many of you. I’ve felt the darkness and the loneliness. And I’ve also felt the immeasurable but undeniable…
“Peace that passes all understanding.” Philippians 4:7
I have felt the prayers of fellow believers surrounding me. And I’ve had to rely on the Grace of God to sustain me when I felt like I couldn’t keep going.
Our trials and tribulations are not a surprise to God. After all, He has planned all our days since we were created, right? We live in a world of sin…a place where terrible things happen. A place where people get hurt; make bad decisions; get sick; & give up….
God isn’t ashamed or disappointed when we question His will, or get angry at His plan. His plan may be perfect, but when we are walking through tragic times, it certainly doesn’t feel perfect. He tells us,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
We are going to encounter times in our life when we will be burdened and overwhelmed. Sometimes it is extremely hard to understand why bad things happen, and maybe we never will completely understand. It’s hard not being able to see the full picture.
Afterall, the verse that proceeds the verse above in Psalm 61 is,
“God, hear my cry; Pay attention to my prayer. I call to you from the ends of the earth…” Psalm 61:1-2
Have you ever felt as though God wasn’t hearing your cry for help? Or that you were at your breaking point with no where to go? I understand. We may not all deal with the same trial or tribulation, but I’m sure we’ve all had our own dark moments where we questioned if we could go on.
We are here together to encourage one another…lift each other up in prayer…not judge or compare…but love one another unconditionally.
Let me encourage you today, if you are struggling with fear, anxiety, tragedy, death… If you are overwhelmed by the world around us, and questioning the bigger plan. If you feel as though you have no more to give, or that you have lost it all…just know that God is still here. He hasn’t gone anywhere.
He may seem farther away…harder to feel His presence or hear His voice…but He’s still there. He’s still in control of your life, even though it seems out of control. His plan for your life and mine is still perfect and “for our good” (Jeremiah 29:11), even though it may not seem like it. His presence is still near…even in the darkness.
” For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope & a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, & I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
Isn’t that a great truth that we as Christians are able to grab a hold of? Almost like a “life vest” in the rapids of our uncertain, sometimes painful & confusing days. Some days you may have the stength to wade the deep waters yourself, armoured in your faith and the truth of God’s words. But other days, you may need that life vest when the waves become so strong they threaten to pull you under. Those harder days, we can rely on the Prayers of others, His unfailing Grace, and the Peace of God that wraps us up in His unconditional love.
God is right there beside you…wading these waters of life with you..where He always has been & where He always will be. Let’s hold each other up in prayer and encourage one another. Let’s rest in the assurance that God is by our side, and find hope in the good that is still around us.
“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth & teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my HOPE is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5