2.17.2013

We have to cling to His promises.


There is always beauty to be found in the midst of trials.

sickness
loss of a job
defiant/disobedient children
death of a loved one
singleness
depression
rejection

Each of these trials are being experienced by someone I love.  Some, in my own home.  Each person has shared the hurt, the pain, the frustration, and the grief ... and I feel helpless.  I want to take the pain away, but I know I cannot.  Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we just cannot understand the mind of God.  Or His will.  We want to trust - we try to trust - but it feels impossible to do so.
We want to know the "why."  We want to know the future.
Simply stated, what we want is - control.

But nowhere in Scripture does the Lord promise such things ... not once.

So where is this beauty I speak of?

Sometimes beauty is obvious.  We see it without even trying - like my tulips.  They are lovely in their own right, and bring pleasure to those who look at them.

But sometimes, the beauty is harder to find because we are so focused on our difficulties that we do not take any time to look beyond them ... and we miss the joys the Lord has waiting for us.

The Lord always shines HOPE and beauty into the darkness.  He has no choice because He is the light of the world!  His very presence breaks the power of darkness and despair, and He is always standing with outstretched arms, waiting for us to "Come."  Just as we are.

sick
jobless
grieving
single
depressed
rejected

The beauty He gives will look different to everyone, but the beauty of His PROMISES are the same for all of us.  And sometimes, His promises and His Words are the only beauty we can see.  And we must cling to them, with every ounce of strength we have.  Until the trials end, the darkness fades, and the beauty that has been there all along is as obvious as a vase full of lovely tulips.

I rise before dawn and cry for help;
    I have put my hope in Your word.

My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
    that I may meditate on Your promises.

Hear my voice in accordance with Your love;
    preserve my life, Lord, according to Your laws.

My comfort in my suffering is this:
    Your promise preserves my life.

Psalm 119

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