Hello everyone...and how are you doing today? As for me, I am actually experiencing a better day…and all I can say is praise God, for a day that was better than my yesterday!
Talking about yesterday…after I had written and set up the blog writing last night; I took a little time and just laid everything of myself before God. As I said in the writing…I think that these past few days were not only difficult, due to my health; but I truly believe now; that they were representing one more difficult step to climb…one that once more seemed so steep and difficult to overcome; but as I looked up to a favorite portrait of Jesus that remains right before me; I began to ask Him to come to me and carry me over these hard and difficult times that I had been facing. From there, I began to humble myself and admit before Him; that I was just too weak to manage on my own…and that I needed Him to come and lift me up to the next step in my life…and do you know that I had the best night of rest…probably the best night that I had experienced, over the past couple of days. Also…this whole day just seemed much easier to get through…and much was accomplished…and that was because He had heard my cry for help…and had come to me…to sustain me and carry me through the hard and difficult moments…moments that were just too much for me to handle on my own.
Tonight, as I was getting around for my evening, I was thinking about my life and what God has allowed within my life. Then I thought to myself…yes, I need to accept God’s will; but I should never accept the suffering itself…in a way that allows the suffering to have control over my life and the God I serve. I came to see at that very moment; that the suffering hasn’t been allowed by God, so it can control me; but rather, the suffering has been allowed by God, to make me into something better for Him, rather than weaker in spirit; so we should always remember to keep what God has allowed into our lives…separate from the affliction itself.
You know…so many times, I think we feel as if Jesus doesn’t care; because we have come to see these moments of affliction, as something that will definitely defeat us…so in turn, we have trouble understanding why a God of love and mercy would ever allow such things into our lives. What we need today people; is a clearer view of what is actually taking place in our lives, rather than allowing these moments to become deceitful…to the place, where we find ourselves in a pit with no hope. One thing I have truly come to see…after walking many years down a path of pain and deep heartache; is that what matters to my heart…also matters to God’s heart.
A Bible verse that once struck the chords of my hurting heart is found in Psalm 34:18…and we read… “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” You know…at a time, when our circumstances make us feel abandoned and alone; did you know that God is looking down upon every one of us…thinking about us and watching everything that concerns us? I think that sometimes we don’t see it this way; because we are more caught up, into what the circumstance is attempting to convey to us; that after a while, we begin to believe it’s words…more than the truth that can bring a comforting moment of sustaining love into our lives. Maybe we don’t always receive from God, in the way we would like to; but that should never cause us to believe that He no longer cares. I have come to see that sometimes His way of caring for us; is considered a tough love…one that He doesn’t want to allow into our lives; but at the same time…one He has to…for reasons that He only sees at the moment.
One thing that I can truly say to you today; is that even though God may allow such difficult times…for reasons that we just don’t seem to understand; that doesn’t mean that He won’t be there to hold our hand and sustain us through it all. I have seen Him do this for me so many times…and I’ll tell you…the more I experience His sustaining love…the more I see how much I love Him…in ways that I could have never experienced, if He would have chosen to run my life, in the way that I once longed for Him to do.
May I encourage you today, to accept God’s will; but not in a way, where you find yourself in a wallowing hole of despair. Just because life has taken a different turn; that doesn’t mean that God won’t be there, with a map in hand…to safely direct you through those troubled times. Instead of accepting defeat…why not see the affliction through God’s eyes, rather than your own…and once you choose to do so; I guarantee that hope will remain alive, as you find God to be even closer, than what you ever felt or experienced before.
Well…I don’t know about you; but I have learned a lot these past couple of days. I praise God tonight for His sustaining love…and for the way He has continually worked through every moment of affliction…that I have walked through.
I hope you will have a nice day…and I pray that you too, will come to see that God is even closer to you, during the most difficult times of your life! Have a great day…take care and I will hope to be with you soon!
Many, many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain