Have you lived long enough to have one of “those” years? Those unbearable years when moving through every day is very much like walking knee deep in wet cement. When you’re just certain life will take a turn for the better before year’s end and suddenly you find yourself right in the middle of December and low and behold…yep. You’re still knee deep in wet cement.
I know a lot of people who are right there.
I’m one of them.
This year, I’ve talked with people who have lost a loved one, friends who’ve experienced financial devastation, divorce, someone with a child who is very ill. While Mike and I haven’t been through any of those things, we have had one hit after another with health and some family issues. (I’m not trying to be evasive, one day I’m sure I’ll feel the freedom to share some of our struggles, but truly, I need to get a little distance between us and 2016 first.)
I’ve found it difficult to focus on anything positive this season, instead, my mind and my heart are anxious and troubled.
So, right here, in the middle of December, I’m gently – but deliberately taking my focus and turning to what matters most…
My faith in God and my belief that He loves me so much that…
“God became flesh and dwelt among us.”
Did you get that?
God Himself entered into our suffering world.
So you and I can know that we aren’t alone…
God enters into our suffering…God walks through our pain right along side us. He knows our hurts and His heart breaks right along with ours…
Some of you are living out your worse nightmare. Right here on this cold-gray December day, life as you know it has changed forever.
You walk through stores and see happy people shopping and you wonder how these people can move about as if the world hasn’t stopped?
You find yourself wanting to scream at the top of your lungs: “HEY! I’m dying here…doesn’t ANYBODY care???
My heart aches to make everything better dear one, to give you a quick fix…
But I can’t. I can only point you the One who enters into my pain and walks with me though my dark days. The One who gave up heaven and came here to tell you how much you are loved.
While He never promises us a life without pain, He assures us that He’ll enter into our suffering and walk with us.
Does that make suffering easy?
Not easy, but bearable.
Tim Keller says: “Suffering is unbearable if you aren’t certain that God is for you and with you.”
In case you might feel alone in your pain…please hear me my friend…He’s with you. I’m praying that He shows you, in ways that only He can, that He is as close to you as your next breath…
Sending love ~ ox