Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Sunday to you all! This morning, I thought I’d stop by and spend a little time with you, as there seems to be so many people in this world, who are struggling in so many different ways right now. As we begin…I pray that we will truly come to see that Jesus is there for us all…no matter what we may be facing at this time…Amen!
You know…we can experience moments, when life just seems to be so overwhelming and out of control…to the place where we wonder where Jesus is. It seems that there can be moments, when the situation we’re facing only gets worse with time, rather than better, which can make us feel as if Jesus has abandoned us.
As we continue our time together, I would like to share one of my life verses with you, which is found in Psalm 34:18…and we read… “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
I will never forget the moment, when I was first introduced to this Bible verse. I was going through counseling for a past sexual abuse…and this one particular day, I just wasn’t making it.
After returning home from counseling, I went into the bedroom and wrapped my arms around the bed post and sobbed uncontrollably, until there were no more tears to cry. As I sat there completely alone, I remember saying to Jesus… “I just can’t make it through this time anymore.” The memories of the past had brought my heart so low…and instead of experiencing something better…I only seemed to feel worse with time.
As I continued to sit there…feeling hopeless and alone…I noticed my study bible sitting off to the side…and as I picked it up; it opened to this bible verse in Psalm 34:18…and as I began to read the verse; it was if Jesus was letting me know that He was with me.
Even though there were moments ahead that weren’t always easy for me to get through; Jesus was there for me through it all…and now as you can see…He did bring me out into something better, which became the gift to write and serve Him, with a heart that I never thought I’d ever have again.
You know…sometimes, it’s not always easy to find hope, when life only seems to get worse or remain the same; but one thing I learned through this time in my life; is that sometimes the circumstance has to go to it’s very worst…to get to it’s very best; but even though we must face these hard and difficult moments in our lives…there is hope, as I did come to see…and that hope is that Jesus will never let go of us. Look at Job in the Bible. He went through long years of pain and suffering; but through His faithfulness to God; He was blessed even more, than before that time of suffering and hardship had begun.
You know…it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the worst part of a circumstance; that before we realize it…we slowly find ourselves giving up; but if you could just hold on a little longer and remain close to Jesus; then I know that He will be there for you...and in His good time…you too will come to see that He can turn things around and give you His very best, just as He did for me.
Well…I’m off to enjoy some rest; but I pray that you will always know…that no matter what you may face in this life…Jesus will always remain close to you…Amen!
Have a very blessed day in the Lord!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain