I have many friends who are looking at 2014 with heavy hearts and deep anxiety, as they face life-changing circumstances that will open long dark tunnels leading to:
“What now?” “How can I?” “Why this?” “Where do I go next?”
These turns take on sharp corners that can lacerate wounds and suffocate hearts…
A friend admitting her precious son involuntarily into a residential facility for the next nine months.
Another friend facing this New Year as a single parent, putting the broken pieces of her shattered family back together.
Another friend with an empty womb, counting down her final days of hope that there will ever be a miracle in the making.
Another friend desperate for deliverance from the pain and rejection of her husband’s family.
Another friend marching forward right beside her ailing husband, who is suffering an incurable disease.
Many friends facing this New Year with the loss of a loved one, torn from their lives too soon.
So many beloved wounded soldiers coming back with broken bodies and torn spirits.
Families whose homes are twisted in mangled pieces of debris from monstrous storms.
How many will be facing another year of hunger and the relentless search for relief and refuge?
There will be diagnoses, lay offs, conflicts and crises of all kinds. ..
The list just goes on and on.
But this Devotion isn’t just for those that are suffering hardships now. It’s for all of us, when.
Because life in this world is uncertain, unpredictable and unreliable. Crisis can happen in an instant. Devastation can spill right around the bend, and our lives can immediately dive down into depths of despair we never knew existed.
I keep hearing these words…
“Do you trust Me?”
I believe those are God’s Words that echo in my heart. And I believe those words are intended for us all. Whether we are withered and worn or empowered and strong. I wonder how many of us trust Him.
My trust often seems to be conditional. When life deteriorates, so do I. There have been times when my faith has failed, and my brokenness prevailed.
I often ride the waves quite perfectly. High and mighty here… crashing down there. Holding on here…letting go there. Standing tall here…falling low there.
Over and over again.
I’ve had a good round of faith with trusting God for a while now, and yet how can I boast? I have only endured temporary uncertainty and pain in the recent year. But in past years, there were many dark nights screaming out to God while my daughter was choking for air over and over again. You didn’t see me completely collapsing in despair, holding my crying newborn while admitting my two year old in the hospital. You didn’t witness my relentless anger and agonizing admonishment of our God, over and over again…
Crashing down…letting go…falling low.
When you’re worn down to nothing. Can you hear Him say, “Do you trust me?”
What’s your answer?
I would like to start this New Year building enough blocks of faith to withstand the next storm that comes my way. I believe it’s the greatest ‘investment’ I can give myself.
Truly trusting God.
So when the storm hits you…
You can answer that question with confidence, clarity and consistency.
His Promises never change.
So as His Question lingers on in my heart…
I will use this year to work toward the answer.
I will build my fortress of faith~
So I will be safe and secure in the One and only Hope I can cling to if the wind should start to blow.
Would you join me?
New International Version (NIV)
48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.