Thursday, June 11, 2009

Trusting God In The Storms

by Donna L. Watkins

Life's challenges and losses leave us hurting and wondering where God is in the midst of it all. A child lost to cancer, a mother dying with young children, divorce, job loss, health issues and loss of what you once knew to be life itself. How do we keep plodding on in this world full of trouble and sorrow?

© 2005 Donna L. Watkins - Blue Jay With Acorn
In earthly and human terms we cannot fathom and understand. We can only trust in a loving God that promises peace in the midst of all storms. We can speculate and search for clues that might make some sense and make it easier for us to bear, but all the maybes produce nothing more than more pain and a weary brain.

Consider Deuteronomy 29:29: "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us." God does not reveal all the details of the hows and whys of His plan for our lives. We are to "Trust in the Lord with all of our heart, and lean not to our own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5).

His timing, His plan for each of us and our loved ones. Death is not the ultimate sorrow for the individual passing on when they are bound for a heavenly home. We have to hang on to Romans 8:28 which tells us that "all things work together for good to those who love God." One day you will be able to look back and say, like Joseph, "God meant it for good."

At 58 I have had many sorrows and can still choose to dwell in sorrow due to various chronic health issues, but the more time that passes behind me, the more I can look back and say, "Thank you, Lord, for the hard and awful times, because I see your good work in it for me."

We "give thanks in all things" (I Thes. 5:8) even when we're not thankful for having to go through them. Hang in there and look up. Stay in The Word because it's all that will carry you through and the harder life gets, the harder it is to pick up The Bible, so determine in your heart and mind that you will meet with God every day for comfort.

Stay in the Psalms if you need comforting. David knew how to pour his soul out to the Lord in the Psalms he wrote and then receive God's wonder and power back to fill his cup for another period of time. Some days you may need to reach for "The Lamp" several times a day, but "God's Word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path" (Psalm 119:105) ... God's Lamp will guide us safely through the storms.

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