Suffering seems to never stop; as a matter of fact, it seems to be amping up. Remember 9/11? We watched horrible things happen right before our eyes, things we never thought we would see outside of a movie theater. Remember Katrina? Many of us had never seen such a catastrophic event…and here we are at this moment crying over the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the thousands of lives disrupted. We comment on things on the horrible things we’ve never seen before and think we never will again, then comes something else…then something else.
What about things in your life? How many times have you thought you’ve lived the worst day or the worst time in your life then something else happens. Life seems to keep throwing us blindsided punches doesn’t it?
With “Harvey” on my heart this morning, I listened to my tunes this morning while walking Sampson and heard this one and felt I needed to share some of the words with you. I first heard this song by Echoing Angels “Give You Peace” several years ago (during one of those times in my life). It hit the nail on the head for me then and it still rings true today. I hope you find the song on YouTube and listen. Here are some of the words that jumped out at me this morning:
“For such a time as this I have you here…”
“HERE”. Right where YOU are. After all you’ve been through, HERE you are. Right where God needs you to be. Be a blessing in that very spot. Be a person committed to love, to pray and look for God’s presence and what He wants you to see. Chances are you’re right “here” for someone other than yourself. Look for that person who needs to be encouraged and lifted up.
“Chosen for the lost to show I’m near…”
“CHOSEN”. You’re hand-picked and strategically placed where God wants you to be, to show others how to live this life for Him. The hardships you face could be the same ones those around you face. Maybe someone right next to you is going through what you’ve just come out of. Look for who needs to know what God’s brought you through.
“Through your brokenness My glory Shines…”
THROUGH what you’re going through He can shine through if You let Him. Broken, hurting, hopeless eyes are watching you weather your storm. Don’t be ashamed to let them know the battle you’re in so when it’s over and they find your kindness and smile are intact and your faith stronger when they ask you how you do it, you can tell them about your “secret weapon”.
“Through your frailty My strength will rise…”
I’m praying for you. I’m praying through your weakened and broken state, those around you see where your strength really comes from. I pray they’ll know without a doubt how it’s possible to smile through the tears and not be insensitive and cold. I’m praying for you that you’ll see through every single pain and heartache there’s a God-purpose and on that alone, you’ll walk through all of it with your chin up and your head held high. I’m praying His peace that passes all understanding will guard your heart and your mind and when through it – no matter what it is – you’ll be closer to God and more willing with the next trial to come on out with it to help someone else.
There is a reason for it all and although often unclear to us, it’s crystal clear to Him. Let’s believe that. Otherwise it just wouldn’t be worth it.
He’ll give you peace through it all. Every time.