When we face hardship, it can make us feel like we are all alone through our struggles. Whether we are grieving the loss of a loved one, a job/career, our independence or that of a loved one (through illness) etc. the time may come when we ask or hear our loved ones asking, ‘Lord, how much longer?’ It can get so heavy sometimes that we become overwhelmed and see only darkness ahead (that point when we are weak and worn). However, even in the midst of the darkest dark, there is a light that guides the children of God - Jesus Christ. He knows every pain we will ever have to feel, He bore them all and when He took the stripes for us, it brought our deliverance. That means we are victorious over all the situations we currently face or will ever face. Therefore, this is just a process we are going through. He felt the loneliness as we see in Mark 15:34:
“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
He understands and He waits with open arms to comfort you. You are not alone. You are His beloved child.
God’s heart is touched with our grief. He desires that we may prosper physically, mentally, emotionally… as our souls prosper (spiritually); He understands our pain and will not leave us alone. When you feel lonely, God understands your loneliness but know that you are not alone. God is with you. Sometimes you may be thinking, ‘Where is God in my pain?’ Those are the precious moments during your struggle when He is there carrying you through. The writer of the famous poem, ‘Footprints’, records it as:
“My precious child, I never left you during your time of trial. Where you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you"
Whenever we are at that place in our lives, God will guide us to a scripture, a song, a sermon, an individual (friend, relative or stranger) with that word of encouragement that will provide the comfort we need. It is hard to endure pain and hardship, but when we focus on the light while passing through our dark days, weeks or years, the struggle becomes easier. So at this point, I want to encourage you to focus on the blessings God has bestowed on you (the positive things in your life). See the negative things as steppingstones to where God wants you to be, as they are opportunities to grow in the knowledge of the Lord. That way you can turn your focus away from the situation that is draining you, place it in God’s hands, carry out your part of the bargain, then wait on God to do His part, in His timing. With God in the vessel, we can smile through the storm.
God will send the right person along who will provide the practical help that we need. He said that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) This Scripture provides comfort for me when I am feeling overwhelmed.
I write this letter today as a reminder that God will not give us more than we can physically, emotionally, mentally or otherwise bear…neither will He give up on us.
There is hope—this too shall pass. When the tears come, let them flow. Tears are a language that God understands. When the tears are dried and you can see your way clear again, you will look back and find the blessing in the storm.
In the meantime, please do not ignore the command to rest. It does wonders for one’s well-being, not just spiritually, but mentally and physically as well. Take time-out for some much deserved, guilt-free rest. It is God’s desire for us to rest, so let us relax and rejuvenate. In that quiet time with the Lord, He will reveal some of the answers you seek. Sometimes we pray and ask for His guidance, but because of our busy lifestyle we often allow less important things to crowd out His voice and so we can’t hear Him speaking to us. Therefore, it is vital to take time-out to retune our ears to God’s voice.
As Ambassadors for Christ, God has strategically placed us in positions where others can benefit from our experience. They can see God in us and have hope for a better future. When we place ourselves in God’s hands saying: ‘Use me Lord.’ He can use us in any situation. Caring for others is one of the ways in which He uses us and this can make us feel overwhelmed at times. However, this is just for a season, this too shall pass.
I think of a wonderful woman of Grace, Helen Dowd, as I write this letter. I’m thinking of the pain her heart bears right now as she become overwhelmed with the various responsibilities of caring for sick relatives. If there were not individuals like Helen, who make themselves available to be used by God, others like me would not have had the opportunity to experience His love in this way. Therefore, I write to encourage all saints today saying: “Keep on pressing on; taking time out to rest without feeling guilty. He commanded us to rest. It does wonders for our mental, physical and spiritual being. He created us in His image and we can do all things through Him. However, in our human state we get weak and feel lonely and helpless. We have needs that need to be met, but when they are not met we become disheartened. It doesn’t matter how spiritual we are, we will at times become overwhelmed with the various things we have to do, or circumstances we have to face, especially if we have no support.
As I wrote this article I thought of a film I watched called Evan Almighty One of the things that stuck to my mind was the quote: “When we ask for patience, does God give us patience or does He give us an opportunity to be patient?” I smiled, knowing that in all things I just need to give thanks because it will all work out for my good and so that God will get the glory. So, as you are going through your trials know that God is perfecting you for the ministry He placed in your path. The diamond is being shaped, the gold is being tested/purified…You’re about to give birth…Beauty is on the horizon. Stay strong beloved ones. There is a mighty testimony coming from your experience. It will bless many hearts and bring others closer to God. Who knows! A book may be in the making, or maybe a seminar, a conference or a workshop. Remember, just place it in God’s hands and He will bring it together.
God is in control and it will all work out for your good but for His glory.
Love and blessings!
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Janice, at last I can comment on your wonderful article. You are a true Ambassador for Christ. You have a family to raise, a job to pursue, etc. etc. etc.; yet you took time out to give accolades to me that I don't deserve. I had a long talk with Jesus yesterday morning, spilling all my complaints into His "ear". A thought came back to me: "What are you complaining about? What did I do for you?" This has inspired me to write about it...coming soon...Love in Christ--"Keep on keeping on!"...Helen