A couple of days ago I wrote a blog about the heart ache that often fills our home. Days are long, answers are far and few between and it often seems as though we are struggling just to breathe. Most mornings, when Phillip and I awaken, we take time to pray together. The prayers are simple. We ask for the Lord’s protection of our family, for a job for Phillip and for healing of my brain injury and James’ emotional struggles. We pray for joy to return to Faith’s heart and, of course, for his peace to return to our home. We often end with Phillip or me saying something like, “Even though we can’t see you, feel you, hear you, or even understand the whys of what is going on…we put our trust in you”.
Believe me, those prayers are not an sign that we are spiritual giants. Rather, they point to a desperate understanding that without God’s help, we are utterly hopeless and lost.
Day after day, month after month, and literally year after year we’ve awakened, prayed, and then gone back to bed only to do it all again the next day…without much relief in sight. In the midst of that grind however, we’ve learned to more intentionally cling to a simple truth we know. God in Heaven is our compassionate King. This compassion — this grace — this mercy —this incomprehensible love — gives us endless assurance that…
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 1 Corinthians 4:8,9
So, if he chooses to take us through times of sifting and shaping…as painful as that may be…we are safe in his hands. If he chooses to allow a season of testing we can take him at his word that…
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2
Being “kids of the King” does not mean our lives will be pain-free or that our lives will be full of endless joy. It does however mean we have an advocate and friend (Jesus) by our side ever step of the way. Jesus: our advocate and friend who gives us his hand when we stumble, brings guidance when we feel lost during life’s storms and who laid down his own life so that we could have the privilege of being kids of the King of kings.
Yet, there is hope. God has seen our struggle, heard out prayers and his heart of compassion is turned towards us every moment of every day.
As Paula Dean, who is going through her own struggle rightfully said yesterday,
“If God gotcha to it, He’s gonna get you through it.”
Learning to trust him more and more…