I write this blog post, feeling strongly someone may need a word of encouragement while walking through the desert today…
The saying is true that life can be a series of mountain peaks and valleys. In fact, many times, I find myself in some sort of valley instead of sitting upon the mountain top; and I’ve heard people ask, “How can you believe in God when your life turns upside down? If He’s real, why would He let these things happen?” After all, my husband and I have had a lot happen to us in recent years: deaths of parents, witnessing one deteriorate mentally; financial crisis, almost the point of ruin; emotional distress and oppression, straining our marriage; and physical sickness — just to name a few. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
One simple truth is my bedrock in moments of trial, pain, and sadness. He never promises life won’t be hard, but He is always sovereign. How can I turn against the One who knows my steps before I take them and knows the stars by name? My pain is His pain. Yes, I truly believe He cries with us when we are stricken with grief and sorrow; but at the same time, the mantle I’ve been given leads to victory. “Then Jesus wept.” – John 11:35 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28
In my life, He has proved Himself worthy to be trusted over and over again, no matter how small my faith is in the moment of weakness and pain. I’ve learned without question the most desperate moments which cause me to fall to my knees, knowing I can’t walk another step, is exactly when He miraculously and undeniably shows up. He never fails to arrive just in time. Like a knight on a white horse, he scoops me from the ground and carries me to safety. How can I reject my faithful Lord who has never failed me? In His mercy, He protects me. If I trust Him to take the burden, His peace surrounds me. As a wise man once said, “God will never let you see the battle without first giving you the victory.” Besides, what is there in this life to be afraid of? Even if I die, He has conquered death. “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” – 1 Corinthians 15:55
Struggles of this life ebb and flow like the tides, but His love and grace is constant.