These past few months have been a roller coaster. One week I’m feeling fantastic, the next week I’m sliding into a deep pit of depression with a side of psychosis and dissociation, then the next week I’m feeling mentally well but physically unwell, into Strathroy hospital, home, into Strathroy hospital again, then home, into Parkwood hospital, then home.
But, when all hope seems lost, I remember that not all is lost to the God of the impossible. He can take us through this place of weariness, weakness, pain, and struggles, and bring us to a new life of peace. We live in a fallen world so (I hate to break it to you but…) not all things are going to work out as we hope they will. We do not know the future or what’s going to happen but we can rest assured and know that even in these terrible struggles, the worst situations, seemingly hopeless circumstances, God will work all things out for our good. That is truth.
Your struggle, situation, circumstance, however painful it may be, is the path that God is using to reveal more of himself to you. He knows you are going to need to lean on Him to get through this and that dependence is OK. In fact, that dependence on God is a wonderful, beautiful thing. Your struggles will not – cannot defeat you. They may appear to be taking you down but they are actually helping you to rise above. God will shape and transform your heart through this trial…but only if you allow Him. Why this particular, incredibly painful, trial? Honestly, I don’t know. We may never know this side of heaven. We just have to trust that He knows what He is doing and that His plan is to prosper us, not to harm us, and to give us a hope and a future.
We must learn to trust Him even when it hurts.
We must stand in faith no matter how big the storm that is overwhelming our life.
Some days trusting God seems like the hardest thing to do, other days it’s a breeze, as if it were the only thing to do. The Lord brings the tide in and takes it out. He controls the wind and the rain. The sun rises at His command. He certainly has perfected His purpose for our lives and will provide for what we need.
Don’t let your weariness make you think that God does not care for you when your prayers seem unanswered. His mercy and unending love are with you even now. He knows what you are doing in your life. He sees your tears and holds them in a bottle. He does not forget your name, where you are, or any other little detail about you. He is the God of all possibility and ultimately all things must bow to His will for your life.
The days are growing short and evil is abounding. Take joy knowing that even through Satan, the hand of God is in FULL CONTROL. He will never fail you nor will He let anything in this world destroy you.
Be strong. Jesus’ promises give us peace no matter what happens here. None of these struggles we are going through – physical illness, mental illness, death of a loved one, stress, overwhelming business of life, social problems – can impede the purpose He has for us or the love He has for us. He knew our stories before the foundation of the earth.
Trust that even in this mess, God will be with us.
That is the hope that separates believers from the rest of the world.
*if you’re not a believer or you haven’t accepted Christ into your life and you would like to know more about these promises that could be for you too-contact me! Or if you would like prayer or someone to talk to-contact me…I would love to hear from you! (firstname.lastname@example.org)