I like looking at the blog stats. It’s fun for me to see how people are finding me. And I wonder who you are. What your story is.
I just saw one that reminded me of me. One of you searched “how do we find joy in God’s wilderness”. I remember feeling that way right after my husband left. Actually, I probably felt that way for months before, too. The Bible tells us to have joy in all circumstances. To give thanks in everything. I remember wondering how that was even possible.
I don’t believe that God expects us never to be sad. Or scared. Or hurt by this world. David was a man after God’s own heart and he was often sad and terrified. The circumstances of his life were hard. But he never lost faith during the hard times. He held tight to God. He clung to God. He was honest with God. He didn’t wait until life was rosy. He didn’t wait until he felt strong and trusting before he approached his God. He just talked to God and told Him everything. Told God he was afraid for his life. Told God he wanted to give up. Told God it was too much.
Then he told God that he still trusted him. That he would still praise God no matter what. I think that’s what made him a man after God’s own heart. He came to God all the time. He was totally open and honest about how much he was struggling, but made a willful choice to praise God anyway.
And in the praising is the heart of the matter. Praise can turn our focus off of the terrible circumstances around us and onto the one who holds the whole world in His hands. Your world. My world. The world of the orphans, widows, abandoned, helpless, lost. All of it. He hasn’t forgotten you. He is right there cheering you on. Telling you to cling tighter.
If you are in a storm, here is one thing God is saying to you.
Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
I am praying for you.