Saturday, July 11, 2009

GOD IS REAL NO MATTER HOW I FEEL!


Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? ...But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless... You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more. (Psalm 10:1, 14, 17-18, NIV)


In the noisy world of a busy mom, silence is usually attractive. But there is one type of silence that nobody wants -- the silence of God. When we seek God's face for wisdom, discernment or help in times of trouble, nothing feels worse than the sense that He suddenly left for a Hawaiian vacation. If we don't sense God's presence, comfort and care in the hour of deepest need, anxiety is sure to follow.


This is where our history with God and our knowledge of Him needs to be drawn upon. As we cling to God in times of trouble despite our feelings of abandonment, He reveals His presence to us. When we get on the other side of a trial, we can look back to see, though we didn't sense it at the time, He was carrying us through all along.


The next time we face a crisis, God desires us to remember how He has proven faithful in the past. Journaling, flipping through old photos, or sharing stories with our family often helps us to recall all the things we worried about that never came to pass. We can smile and breathe deeply acknowledging, "I don't know how we ever got through THAT but by the grace of God!"


Faith is a growing and dynamic part of our lives, always tested, always stretched. As we work through our bitterness and exhaustion in trials, we gain the ability to increase that trust in God. And though we may only be saying it with our mouths, we will find ourselves on solid ground as we proclaim, "God is real no matter how I feel!"

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