Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side.
Don’t be afraid to go look.
Some of us have ventured into the deep darkness of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Some of us didn’t have any warning.
Some of us were thrust into it without permission.
Some of us have seen things others have not.
The death can be actual death. Or it can be the death of a dream, a prayer, a promise.
Don’t stick to your guns with what you thought you knew – just because you think you know it.
We’ve read the stories of many men and women throughout the centuries who have gone where we have not gone. We’ve taught about them and preached about them. We’ve been amazed at their faith – determination, endurance, tenacity, devotion, commitment. But they are mere stories on a page until the danger comes to our door. Then we find out what we’re made of. Or should I say – what God is made of.
Sometimes you can’t speak to the storm because it’s so loud it can’t hear you. Sometimes all you can do is hang on for dear life. Oh, but that doesn’t look very Christian. Really? I’m sure Job, Paul, and Jesus on the cross looked really “Christian”.
Trusting God doesn’t mean you have to look so good to everyone. We’re afraid we’re not representing God honorably if a hair is out of place. Who are you trying to fool?
Don’t be afraid to be you. God already knows who you are.
Don’t be afraid of the storm. Nothing is going to happen that God does not see.
Don’t be afraid if you don’t do your part, God will not come through. You will collapse from exhaustion.
Don’t cling to your performance, cling to God’s performance.
Some of us have seen the scenery in the Valley – where life has gone terribly wrong. And we have come out of the darkness with an understanding we didn’t have going in.
But no one listens.
I’m not going to tell you this year will be better.
It might not be.
But I can tell you that you are not alone as you face a new year.
The Bible says this:
Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.
So we say with confidence,
The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
When we’re faced with trouble, sadness, disappointment – no matter what it is – we can be sure God is with us.
I know this to be positively true. The darkest time in my life was when I lost my son at age 24. They say losing a child is the worst thing.
You have to believe in someone bigger than yourself.
And when you do, there are surprises along the way – like love notes just for you – from your Heavenly Father.