This life, as we know it, is full of pain and disappointment. If it’s not in our own lives, it’s all around us. In our friends, family, our own selves.
How do we overcome? How do we keep on going day after day? How do we get through it when the pain, physical or emotional, is so bad that it takes your breath and leaves you weeping and depressed?
The answer is prayer and reading our Bibles. God is our creator. He knows us better than we know ourselves. I can’t answer why these things happen. But I know the One who is in charge of them and me.
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.
6 In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
31 For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?—
32 the God who equipped me with strength
and made my way blameless.
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
1 Peter 5:
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
May we, even through the pain and tears, praise God.
Not today, satan!
Andrea Wade says
I know this is not a recent blog but definitely hits home! After reading the blog you left on Randy’s page, I felt compelled to read others you had written and this is one of the first ones I saw. I clicked on it and thought how fitting. The past 5 weeks prior to this past Tuesday have been painful and more or less an emotional roller coaster. That Monday, I had gone down to Tallahassee to he with mama because she seemed to more or less have given up. She was very depressed and not eating. I went back down on Tuesday. Just when I didn’t think things could get anymore painful, I got the call from Kasey. My heart was shattered into a million pieces. Randy was more like a brother than an uncle because he was so much closer to my age and still lived at home long after the others had gone. Due to how depressed mama was and the fact she was not eating, my dad thought it best to wait to tell her. To go back in that room and act like nothing was wrong and not tell her was the worst thing I’ve ever done in my life. It was only the grace of God that got me through the rest of Tuesday and Wednesday. Reading the Bible, praying and the prayers of others have been the only thing that’s gotten me through the past 5 weeks but “especially” this past week. Thank you for this blog! I needed it!