“It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It all works out in the end. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley
I was on the brink of giving up. Hope was slipping away. It took all my strength just to get through another day.
I could not rely on others and my confidence in myself was gone. Friends became foes. Trust diminished with each lie. I was played for a fool and I became unwise. Discernment deconstructed, I had no alibi. A broken heart, my spirit crushed. I diligently searched but could not find a lasting relief or peace of mind.
2015 was the year of anxiety, stress and fear. It was the year I became discouraged, distracted and too often misdirected.
I was in the woods when a wise man said I needed to learn how to “be” instead of always doing. That concept was foreign to me and yet my life depended on it. It was the key to breaking free from all the worry and stress that was slowly killing me.
The oppression I was under was real. One minute it was silent and subdued. Then became boisterous, loud and rude. It left me confused. My tears fell like a flood gate. No holding back. It was like a heavy blanket hovering over me. A net which entangled my emotions until I could not break free.
Big headed and strong I pushed on until I found myself waddling in the mire of constant pain and brokenness. Repressed. Feeling helpless. Almost hopeless.
It was a Job-like test.
It was as if an enemy was on a secret assignment to try and test me in every area of weakness he could find. Walls were broken and sins exposed. This enemy had an army and used not only fiery darts but hand grenades, machine guns and atom bombs.
Listen people: The enemy of our soul is real and he is on a rampage to steal our health, wealth and well being. We must realize it is a test of faith. We must cry out for mercy and grace.
Mow is the time to rise up and find our place. Do not allow your hope to be diminished. Hope is your lifeline during troubled times.
The Bible says we perish without hope. Hopelessness invades like an unwelcome house guest. It wreaks havoc in the temple of our soul to wage a mighty war with the Spirit of God residing within us.
Like the devil himself–hopelessness comes in like a flood. It comes to steal, kill and destroy. And sometimes God allows it . . .
Last year was a hope test for people of faith. Our houses were invaded with no stone left unturned. Men and women of God found their faith being tried like never before.
Perhaps it has been God’s boot camp preparing us for war. The world is getting ugly with contention, strife and discord everywhere. Hatred, violence, mayhem. Chaos is rising. Will we be ready when all hell breaks loose?
Through our own trials and tribulations God is quipping us to endure what is to come. He is restoring our confidence and rebuilding our faith. We have to be broken in order to be rebuilt. To gain new treasures we must first lose what we had. To experience gratitude we must let go of expectations and learn to appreciate what we previously took for granted.
The Prophet Jeremiah was told to go to the Potter’s House and to get on the churning wheel so God could do a new work. It is a painful but necessary process. At times we get too confident in ourselves, our resources, our talents, our networks, our stuff. We block our own blessings.
In our own little world when it is all about “me” how quickly we forget we are nothing but clumps of clay. From dirt we came . . . We are nothing more than dust in the wind.
That’s when God says “enough” and teaches us hard lessons on how to put our confidence in Him alone. God reminds us of this when He gives and takes away. It is our trials and our losses that finally bring about necessary change.
Whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Now is the time to get your spiritual house in shape. Lift whatever is weighing you down. Cast your cares into the sea.
The call for all of us at this crucial moment in time is to rise up higher. We must survive our own personal time of transition in order to be ready for the future. Easier said than done because to do so requires a new way of thinking. The old ways wont work. We must learn to discern and let go in order to survive and thrive in the days to come.
There comes a time when everything we think we know gets challenged. We are forced to rethink everything. God’s ways are not our own. The shaking in our lives, in our families, in our hearts, in our bodies and in our souls is real–as real as real it can be. It is designed to break us and to set us free. God prunes us and shapes us into what He wants us to be.
At a time like this I think of Ruth who left everything she knew and was accustomed to in order to follow her heart. Her confidence was in the Lord. She was willing to go where God said to go and to do what God said to do. She didn’t know that it was a test of faith that led to her harvest. She found provision, favor, love, a new life and a far greater hope than she had ever imagined possible.
Do not grow weary. It is due season for all we ever hoped for to finally manifest. The harvest is ready and God has a perfect plan for our lives. Putting our confidence in the Lord is the only way to restore and preserve our hope in these trying times.