Monday, October 30, 2017

Comfort in the Midst of Chaos?

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"This is my comfort in my affliction,
that your promise gives me life."
Psalm 119:50 ESV

I know that I am not the only special needs parent in the world who is attracted to this title.  We all feel the chaos. We all need the comfort. I have read post after post from exhausted, emotionally spent, and sometimes angry parents who, like me, need a place to process and vent. We keep writing and thinking and asking God to give us His perspective. Somewhere inside ourselves, we hope that somehow the way we go through this might help someone else.


I take my words online very seriously because someone, like you, is taking the time to read them. But more importantly, because it is a great responsibility to share Scripture with another human being. I have spent some time looking at the story of Job lately. If you have not read Job recently, I encourage you to do so. In his time of great trial and tribulation, Job's friends came to comfort him. The truth is, Job's life was in the middle of divine crisis and chaos and his friends were in over their heads. They spoke of things about God which they did not understand. The Lord rebukes them  saying, "After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: "My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has." (Job 42:7-8 ESV) Job himself called them miserable comforters! (Job 16:2 ESV)

It's because of this that today I would like to direct you to 2 Corinthians 1. It's so very important to understand the heart of this site and of its bloggers. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort." (2 Corinthians 1:3-7 ESV)

The Lord himself is  the "God of all comfort." It begins and ends with him. I pray you find some comfort here, but more than that I pray you find the God of all comfort. There is no substitute for Him. When the chaos of your life is pulling you in every direction but to God, I encourage you to run straight toward Him anyway. 

~Kimberly M. Drew

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for the encouragement and this post. The last 2 years of my 6-year,special needs, parenting journey have been unbearable. I have asked God to come swiftly. Please ease the burden as I care for my disabled spouse and my medically fragile and medically complex daughter while dealing with my own subsequent health issues. This is harder than ANYTHING I have ever endured. My child brings me great joy, but the burden of care has left me broken, battered, and bruised. I am so weak, that I CAN'T get to Jesus. He has to come to rescue me. Glad to know I am not alone.

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