A best friend that didn’t return a phone call. What a rough week!
My child is sick… AGAIN! What a rough week!
Another financial emergency, “How will we pay for this?!” What a rough week!
My boss is on my back again...”Why am I doing this job?!” What a rough week!
Nobody ever listens to me……”I am so lonely!” What a rough week!
For many of us, these failures just seem to be the norm, more and more. How can this be? I am working harder, working smarter, working longer, even working BETTER, and yet nothing seems to change. What is the problem? Why can’t I seem to turn this life around?
I am such a failure.
And God, where are you in all of this?! Don’t you even care about me?! How can you allow this to happen to ME?!
I should just quit. I should just quit. I should just quit.
Then that voice, that quiet voice, barely audible whispers to me; “Chris I am with you. Chris, I am suffering with you. I KNOW your pain. I intimately know your pain, for don’t you remember that I love you so much that I came down from Heaven to be with you? I came down from Heaven to die for you on a cross. I suffered just like you and I suffer when you suffer. I KNOW your pain and I am with you, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Don’t quit.”
WOW! Is this the voice of God? I think this voice was God. I hope this voice is God…….. But I’m still not sure.
Then it happens……. God ACTUALLY appears--- I get to see Him with my own eyes!
The best friend returns the phone call- “I’m sorry for not calling back!”
My child recovers from their illness- “Thank you Mom/Dad for taking care of me!
A check comes in the mail---out of nowhere---for the exact amount of money we need.
My boss notices me, pats me in the back and tells me that I am needed…”I love this job!”
I reach out to somebody, in my loneliness, and now TWO PEOPLE are no longer lonely.
And God says through it all, “I love you, I will never abandon you, I will be with you always!”
Thank you, God!
I will never quit! I will never quit! I will never quit!
Because God loves me and He will ALWAYS appear! It may take a week, a month, a year, a decade or even a lifetime but God will ALWAYS appear. He loves us in our trials, He loves us in our disappointments, He loves us in this messy, rough life (the one that He lived in, just like us!) and He will ALWAYS appear.
Let’s not lose hope, people! Let’s pray for the belief that our God is with us always. Let’s pray for that barely audible voice to speak to us. Let’s pray for our ability to hear that voice. Let’s believe that through all of our frustrations, discouragements, even despair; God is with us, loving us-SUFFERING WITH US. He has not abandoned us, He will never abandon us.
We are loved.
We will always be loved.
Thank you, God for yet another rough week, another week of seemingly being abandoned and yet another opportunity to see YOU through it all… Indeed, I am a lucky man!
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ..” Psalm 23 1-6
***Dedicated to our whole Royalmont Academy family (and all our RA website readers!) for when we feel like we just can’t handle this thing called life anymore. Jesus IS and will always be with us!