Hello everyone…and welcome back today, to “Writing thru Affliction”…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to be back with you…and yes, I did survive the grocery shopping yesterday...and praise God for that!
Lately I’ve been thinking on how God has brought me through so much in my life…and how did I survive a lifetime of pain and heartache? I came to see that I had actually allowed the problems I faced, to nudge me in God’s direction. I truly believe that when we let the problem push us in God’s direction, as a means of needing Him more and depending on Him more; then we are less likely to take the problem by the hand and allow it to pull us further along into deeper despair.
Yesterday, as I was out shopping…life just seemed so different, as people were keeping themselves distant from each other, while wearing masks and gloves, as a means of protecting themselves from the Coronavirus. Not only did I see changes on the outward appearance; but also on the faces of people, who have endured this different way of life, for so many weeks now.
You know…sometimes, moments like these can actually take such a toll on a person; that before they realize it…they have given up on the thought that life could ever come back to normal again. In fact…this is what I was talking about with the taxi driver yesterday…as I was saying that we just may get so used to this way of life; that when it is all over…we may find it difficult to remember what life once was.
Anyways…what I really want to say today; is that we can find it so easy to just let moments such as these push us around emotionally, rather than pushing our way through them. A very favorite Bible verse of mine is found in Psalm 18:29, which reads… “For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.”
I will never forget the first time I read this verse. It was a time in my life, when I was recovering from one of many knee surgeries. As I sat in our living room, I had truly come to the end of my rope…and through those broken moments, God brought this verse to me…and as I read it several times, I began to feel hope once more…and I also began to see that I was actually allowing these broken moments in my life to push me around and dictate my way of thinking.
One thing I truly love about King David in the Bible; is that he never went into battle alone; but rather, he took the Lord of Hosts with Him…and he truly came to see that it wasn’t his sword or shield…or anything of himself that saved him; but rather, it was the power of a mighty God that had went into battle with him….a God that gave him the strength to push his way through the enemies that once surrounded him.
Maybe life isn’t always the way we like it to be; but that doesn’t mean that we should allow these moments to push us around, while allowing them to dictate our lives; but rather, we should be calling on the Lord of Hosts…a mighty God; that can help us push our way through these tough moments of life. One thing I know for sure; is that when we invite God into these despairing moments; then we will quickly come to see that we can get through anything that life may bring our way.
As you walk through this brand new day…remember one thing; take God with you and don’t allow the feelings and hurts of this life to override you; but rather, allow them to nudge you closer to God…where you can fall into arms that will hold you safe and bring peace, until this battle has reached its end.
Have a great day…and may God’s peace and strength be with you! See ya soon!
Many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain