Why is it that no matter how many storms we weather; no matter how many times we stress ourselves out; no matter how many times God comes through for us; we still manage to forget that He is a faithful God who is good to us, wants the best for us and knows more than we do our circumstances and our hearts?
Again, this week, I found myself all worked up over something that I know He has securely in His hands. Monday was not a good day – my poor kids spent half the day asking me if I was crying and why… I was lost in a mess of emotion, frustration and uncertainty. Can I tell you – I am so very grateful that God is a God who is extraordinarily patient and kind. I sometimes wonder if He watches us in exasperation most if the time, wondering if we will ever really get it. I find myself in this place so often – and I know that He will never fail me – I know it in my bones – I just forget way too easily.
In those moments of mess, confusion and frustration, it can be so easy for us to wallow. To sit in the middle of the mess and allow darkness to take hold. To let all the emotion grab us and lead us. It’s all too easy an option actually. Sometimes I think it would be easier to let the darkness overwhelm me, but I know that’s not what God wants for us. It’s not a good example to set for my children, my family, my church or those I lead.
God knows what it’ll take to help us back up and pull us out of whatever pit we find ourselves in. He knows how to breakthrough the mess and darkness – we just need to let Him. That’s all it takes – a willing heart to let go and admit that we can’t do it on our own. For me, I am a person who needs people. God has surrounded me with an amazing array of Godly, wise, beautiful friends who all have an ability to help me out of the muck and see clearly. Each one has a slightly different take on it – but together provide a greater picture that makes sense. On Monday, many of these beautiful friends chose to grab a hand and help me up. They reminded me of God’s endless FAITHFULNESS. They reminded me that the victory has already been won – Jesus has already defeated the enemy through his blood shed on the cross!! They reminded me to seek the peace that surpasses all understanding. Philippians 4:4-7 says:
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
What is it that you know helps you in those times of mess and darkness? God knows – and He always provides our needs – He always provides the help we need. We just have to have eyes and a heart to see what He is doing and how He is working.
This song is one that I love. It is a beautiful reminder of our Faithful God!