Good Monday evening everyone…and a big welcome to the Heart to Heart Blog! Tonight, I didn’t know if I was going to make it…but I’m here! Since the middle of last night, I have been struggling with a lot of chronic pain and I can say that today has been a day of struggles…but also a day of experiencing God’s strength.
You know…sometimes, we feel that we have to be completely well or have our problems resolved…before acknowledging God’s strength; but the way I see it; is that His strength is seen or experienced even more, in the midst of weakness. Just stop and think…who keeps us going…despite what we’re feeling…and who helps us to accomplish things in our day; that we never thought we could get thru? Sure…it may be difficult; but we do make it through and from what I have come to see…for many years; it’s the strength of a great and mighty God that walks us through the moments that have brought us so low!
I have walked a long and difficult journey with God and the hard times have proven to be faithful in the end, as I have learned much. For each step I have taken, a form of weakness was laid along the pathway; so I could gain new strength for the journey. Sometimes, the path has been so dark…dingy and full of ugly weeds; that I could barely stand to go on; but those became the moments, when a friend (Jesus Christ) stepped in and helped me to get through the difficult times that seemed to have control over my life. New songs would enter my thoughts and when they were sung; it was as though they were messages…directly from the heart of God…messages that were sent to help sustain me through moments, where I just couldn’t go on anymore.
Today, I do not focus on the difficult moments of the past or the pain that I am now living with; but rather, I am looking for my God, in the midst of it all…because you see, I need Him…just as much as any other person needs Him. You know…it doesn’t matter who we are or what we do…life is a challenge, filled with many struggles. Some people preach that a Christian life should be an easy one…and if it isn’t; then that must mean that we don’t have faith; but I have come to see that this isn’t always true. Let’s face it…sometimes we just face battles that can seem enormous and very controlling; but this is not the time to focus on these battles; but rather, it’s time to cry out for God’s strength; so we can make it through the battle with Him!
I know without a doubt that my God can heal and restore; but what I have learned…and what I have written could have never been put into words, without the pain and deep heartache that I have walked through. It’s like the pain takes me down to a level, where I become humble…before a big and powerful God...to the place, where God can work through the pain.
The words that I write throughout the week; is truly God…loving you through me. Some may say…if your God loves you; then why does He allow such pain into your life, as a means of serving Him? The way I see it; is that Jesus not only went the distance for me on the cross; but in my life too and this is the least that I could do in return. In fact…what I experience could never compare, to what He went through, for me and you. I think we need to ask ourselves this question… “Do we love Jesus…to the place, where we are willing to share in His sufferings; that others may truly come to know and love Him too?”
One thing I know…there is going to come a day for me, when I will never shed a tear again and I will have no pain…and I will be able to run again…only this time, for real…into the arms of God. In Romans 8:18, we read… “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later.”
No matter what you may be experiencing, just know…as a Christian; that these moments will find their end…and for those who truly have accepted Jesus, as their Lord and Savior…that moment will be in heaven!
As we close, let me leave you with some words, from an old hymn… “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus, life's trials will seem so small when we see Christ; one glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase, so bravely run the race till we see Christ.”
Well…I didn’t plan this writing tonight but God did and I pray that it has inspired your heart, as it has mine! Take care…have a great night…filled with the loving presence of God and I will hope to see you again tomorrow evening, as I share more thoughts from the day, along with the goodness of a great, loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings so much on your night!
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