There is a song that goes "through it all, through it all, I've learned to trust in Jesus, I've learned to trust in God." Most of us in our lives have not made it through many years without encountering some form of suffering in relationships, whether abusive parents, abusive boyfriends, husbands, even girlfriends or wives. We've been in and out of harmful relationships, ones that left scars that would not heal, that festered like wounds that bled and would not stop bleeding. We are whole but only marginally so; we carry with us the wounds and scars of experience, some we would rather forget in the oblivion of our minds. Unfortunately time does not always heal. Only God has brought us through the struggles of having no job, not enough money, no place to live, and not enough friends who understand. Only God has reached out his hand and kept us floating above the flood waters that threatened to drown us at times.
We have traveled through fire and we were mercifully not burned and we have walked through deep waters and did not drown. Why? God's hand upheld us because it wasn't our time to die. When I look back at my life I see that there were more times of darkness than light and more times I lost my way than feeling I knew which way to turn. In those times, I prayed, God help me and he did. He helped me to stand when I wanted to leave home and run away. He helped me to face another day at work when I thought I couldn't. He helped me to be a mom to two small children when I thought I didn't have anything left to give. He helped me to face physical illness when I was in pain and wanted to check out. Only faith in something bigger and better than oneself can give you the strength to move forward when you want to lay down and quit. And that something bigger and better is God.
There is another song I like. "Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the waters...Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the seas..." When I face difficult times I think of all the heartaches I have already been through. I think of all the mountains I have already climbed, all the valleys I have already pulled myself out of, and it gives me hope to carry on. I light a lamp of hope to expell the darkness in my soul and believe that the God that has carried me through thus far will carry me on till the day I meet him in eternity. When I was a teenager I had stars in my eyes about what my life would be like and how far I would go and what I would accomplish, but life seldom turns out the way we wish it would. We are sorely disappointed; but along the way we gain wisdom because God carries us through. I have played the cards I was dealt the best way I knew how; to innumerate what cards they were is of little value except to say it was a difficult hand to play. But I won. Because God brought me through! I didn't give up and that has made all the difference! If you find yourself in difficult circumstances, don't give up; God can pull you through; he can make a way where there is no way. Only believe and never, ever give up!