I won’t tell their tales; that’s not my place. But all around me, walls are crumbling, dreams dying and hearts breaking.
How do you hold still and guard your heart when people you love are falsely accused, bullied or left face down and lonely.
Where do you gain strength when you only have two arms to hold them, catch them as they fall, clasp in prayer and desperately cry out to God to mend these aches and pains?
Gasping for air between waves in an ocean of struggles that neighbors don’t see, we put on our smiles, and ride the next wave…
gripping the board with all “nine” toes, clenched jaw, gritted teeth, arms outstretched, tottering to stay on top…
Do we follow the advice of motivational speakers…
dig down deep within our souls and find these intangibles?
That may be how many cope.
But it turns out empty and cold.
It fails to fill the gap.
It leads to lack and overload.
We cannot cope on our own.
We cannot always turn to others who won’t always be there.
And have we seen “them” fix their problems well?
Why would we trust them to advise us?
I put my trust in God.
But, how do I pray my next prayer, Lord? When I haven’t seen the answer the the last of those I prayed over and over?
I keep pressing on, because I KNOW my God is faithful.
He tells me to recall His promises.
He tells me to recall His faithfulness.
He tells me to remember His love for me.
Even when I don’t SEE answers, I KNOW He is working in my life!
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
And endurance develops strength of character,
and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment.
For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”
He has carried me through trials in my life and proven faithful.
He is the ONLY One I can fully lean on.
He is the Rock upon which I will STAND.