Things don’t always work out the way we think they should. Sometimes the thing you thought for sure would be nothing, is something.
Here’s where I am, can you identify? I don’t like walking through hard things, unsure circumstances, relationship confrontations, financial upsets, health issues, fill in your ‘don’t like’ here _______________. We’re not alone – no one likes these things. But sometimes when we’re the ones facing the unasked for circumstance, alone is how we feel.
Must remember: “Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand.You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:23-26 NIV)
Loved ones try to reassure us. Those who’ve walked a similar road share their experience. But I’ve learned it truly is a party of two when our turn comes. Just me and God. It’s best that way. That’s what leads to trust. That’s what strengthens us for all of life’s hurdles. And I’m okay – as long as I don’t lose sight of God. “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:6 NLT)
But in those moments (sometimes hours and sometimes much longer) when I turn inward and look to me and what I know and what I find on the internet – loneliness does set in. I question, doubt, cry, run. And God calls out and says listen, but I don’t want to. I want the hard to just go away.
If this is you right now, whatever it is you’re facing – all I can say is: I know. And this too: God knows. He gets us. And He – trite as it may sound – really does use all things for the good of those who love Him.
In the big picture, what’s happening with me right now, is actually pretty small. I have a place on my cheek that has basal cell cancer. I have to have surgery to remove it and then plastic surgery to try and hide it. This is hard for me to say because I’ve been part of the healthy club pretty much my whole life.
Through this I’m realizing how very hard it is to face our own frailty. It makes my heart ache – not for myself – but for a hurting world with so much more pain.
Here’s the deal: this is not how it’s supposed to be. And it won’t always be. Someday skin will not have cancers, bodies will not get Covid 19, immune systems will not fail, minds won’t deteriorate. But right now, while we wait, consider this my way of holding your hand. Yes, Jesus really will make all things new. And in the wait, He really will be right by our side. “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5 NIV)
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