When we suffer and our hearts hurt it seems like we are in a desert going back and forth in despair. Jesus understood and identifies with that. Some of us may withdraw in silence, perhaps hiding our pain from others or put on a false front of coping. But, we cannot hide our hearts from God who knows every part of us. The bottom line is, whatever our situation or circumstance HE wants to share in it and be touched by his love.
Personally, I have experience the loss of two homes to flames, a beloved one to severe illness and death, drug abuse within family and a death from it, and separation by familial rejection resulting in isolation. It seemed to be such a long dry desert that I walked. The Lord always heard my cries and comforted me and placed me amidst those who lifted me with healing hands, with caring, God inspired, compassionate people who kept me focused.
In Isaiah 38/14-17 it says: ‘I am troubled O Lord, come to my aid!’ But what can I say? He has spoken to me and he himself has done this. I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul. Lord, by such things men live and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was not for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction……..The living, the living- they praise you as I do today. Fathers, tell their children about your faithfulness.
This passage reminds us that even during adversity and anguish we are given the gifts of witnessing to others of God’s grace. That there can be restoration after suffering and praise will lift your spirits. It is trust, hope, and the life in your spirit and humility in acceptance, with renewal of blessings beyond a pit of despair.
Keep taking your troubles to the altar and ‘Let Go’ often, toward the gift of testimony in praise of his love. Read 2 Timothy verses 7 – 11.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, of love……….do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord.”
PRAISE, PEACE AND POWER BE YOURS.