I don’t think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
I’ve always carried the banner of faith in every situation. It fit me well. Most days, I am naturally optimistic and positive. The faith message found in the Bible resonated with me.
There is a place for faith. God says we need it. But I have found applying it to situations that positions a person to believe to the point of denying reality is wrong. We get this thinking from the faith scriptures. We ” call those things which be not as though they were”. The scripture says God does, but we have Christ in us so we do, too.
The Bible talks about trust, too. There are plenty of scriptures that say the inevitable: people get sick. Accidents happen. Things go wrong. People die.
Faith is also acceptance and learning to live with pain.
This is not a fatalist mindset. It is facing a situation with courage. Otherwise, there are endless questions that torment you. And usually, the promoters of the faith message are nowhere to be found. Because someone has to answer why your diligence to prayer did not work.
I’ve learned the hard way. But you don’t have to. Recognize what you know to be true. Because when you face tragedies, no matter how horrific, God says he will never leave you or forsake you. God’s presence is real when you’re walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Like Job said, “I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.”
No one can take that away from you.
Don’t inject more hurt into your heart. They don’t understand. Forgive them. And let God lead you to the green pastures and quiet waters where he will heal your broken heart. It will naturally unfold in the days to come.
And if you are committed to the Lord, you know his grace is enough. You also know that it may be how God wants you to let your light shine to others.
I carefully removed the oak tree sapling growing near the foundation of a house.
I planted it, watered it, and protected it for 2 years.
Recently, while I was mowing the grass, I got too close. The wire cage I surrounded it with got caught.
It ripped the top off.
The life of the fresh, green leaves just beginning to unfold was cut short.
As I circled around with the mower, I felt the familiar disappointment well up inside me. It was very short-lived since I’ve learned, “No, not everything goes wrong.”
I thought about pulling it up and tossing it. Stuff happens. Move on.
At the same time, I thought, wait. Don’t give up just yet.
A couple of days later I noticed small sprouts of leaves at the bottom. But in a short time, they shriveled up.
Disappointed. But wait.
I had forgotten about my little oak tree until the next mowing a week later.
And this is what I found.
I was prepared to toss if I had to. This is acceptance when things go wrong.
See the broken trunk? This tree will have a scar. But it will continue to grow strong.
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength …
– The Bible
It’s been the little things in life that has helped make me strong. That’s because of my Christian faith, believing and knowing God is real, and the small ways he whispers his presence into all of our lives.
God is like that.
When he whispers, we pay closer attention.
It’s like last week when my local paper had a photo of a scarlet tanager and I thought, “I’d love to see one of those!” And a day later, I did.
And then the 6 quarts+ of strawberries I’ve picked out of my little 5×5 patch.
And the cardinals I have been coaxing to the feeders for so long.
Or my peony that would only give 2 or 3 blooms each year, and this spring, it was covered with over 70 blooms.
All around you are whispers from God. He wants you to know he is with you.
We all face seasons of barrenness.
Times when things look bleak.
But beneath the surface, there is hope.
Life will bloom again.