As I sit here in the silence, I ask the Lord, what do you say to someone who is going through the deepest valley that they have ever faced? The deepest water they have ever been in and they are barely treading water. So, I pick up my pen and paper and I begin to write.
This past week, in my own world and reading my friends post on Facebook reveals there is so much heartache. I have seen an old school friend post her heartbreak on loosing her beloved mother. Another, lost their young child to cancer. Another child fighting for their life against cancer. My dearest precious friend is heartbroken for her daughter and her son in law are calling it quits and they have two children under the age of five. Several children and several of our friends are battling the disease of drug addictions. Another battling depression and loneliness and questioning the loyalty of a friend.
I am screaming silently, Don’t loose hope. Don’t give up. You are not alone. The word of God tells us in Psalms 34:18, the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. I have been whispering under the tears the words to the song…Cry out to Jesus. He will meet you wherever you are. In times like these there are no words adequate enough. In these times if we can do nothing else, we can sit there silently with our loved ones. In the book of Job 2:13 – After Job has lost all his children, his home, his everything, his three friends sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw his suffering was to great for words. If distance separates us during friends trials we can get down on our knees right where we are and earnestly pray for our loved ones. We all can do something. There is so much power in prayer.
Sometimes we all think we are alone in our silent storm. There are so many uncertainties in this rapidly changing culture we live in today. IN these storms of life, DURING these storms, we must continue to praise Him. We must hold on to our faith and the foundations on which we stand. We must know and claim that Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible.
We must continue to say to ourselves silently and say it out loud and write it down, whatever it takes, Our God is our refuge and our strength. He is our rock and our fortress and the foundation on which we stand. Nothing, NOTHING is impossible for HIM. We know that He loves us come rain or come shine. Even with our voice shaking we must speak the truth to ourselves and to others.
We know nothing can separate us from His amazing love and His amazing grace. When we are discouraged, it is time to gather up our courage, for our Redeemer, our Sovereign God, Our Father will see us through. There is no valley, there is no mountain, there is nothing ever created greater than the love of Jesus.
I stumbled upon a song this week. A song that I have never heard before from Point of Grace. I felt each word deep in my soul. The song is called What I Already Know. It has been played over and over in our home.
Some of the lyrics, I’ve been known to loose my temper, my patience and my pride, but I have never lost the need to pray. Lord, I don’t need some truth revealed to me or some sacred thing to hold, Well, all I really need is just a little more faith to believe what I already know.
This is it friends, this is the key, the answer, during those valleys, during the uncertainties of life that we ALL face at one time or another, the way we keep the flame burning is to believe what we already know. The way we come out on the other side stronger and wiser than before we walked into that storm, BELIEVE what we already know.
Our God is faithful. In times when we think our way is better, we must say to ourselves, Your ways Lord are not our ways and your thoughts are not our thoughts. I will trust you! I know Lord, you Lord will see us through. Carrying us each step of the way just like a loving Father does. Friends, there is NOTHING greater than the love and grace He has shed on us, sweet grace, loving grace, a-m-a-z-i-n-g- grace ~~~ As always… God is faithful~