“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
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.
As if on cue, the birds begin chirping their melodious song where I live. The clock always says 5:10 am.
It makes me smile. Even in the early morning hours of a sleepless night of tossing and turning. Because God has ordered creation with design and precision.
In the western world, particularly the United States, life moves very quickly. So if you’re in a long process of a difficult situation, the time moves too slowly. We live each day with such momentum – a hamburger meal ready when we get to the next drive-thru window or an item ordered online in minutes and delivered the next day. It just doesn’t line up when a painful situation takes time to walk through.
Along the path are markers that let us know God is near. The steady sound of rain reminds us He is constant. The wind reminds us He is strength. The dawn of a new day reminds us He is dependable. And the song of birds reminds us all is well.
He sees what you don’t see. Take a deep breath and rest your troubled soul.