I know it’s been a while since I’ve written here. I don’t know who all reads this, but I pray that if you do read this, I hope that God is glorified through my words to impact you.
Trials. How do we respond? So many times I’ve been brought through pain — the type of emotional pain that hurts your heart physically. The type of pain that makes your bones ache. The type of pain that physically numbs you. Heartbreak hurts. Brokenness tears you apart. Shame drags you down. There is scientific evidence that the human body actually undergoes physical changes in the heart, immune system, and mental awareness when brought through intense emotional distress. However, I have learned that the greatest thing you can do during times of pain is to turn to God. It’s easier said than done, I admit, but it is also the right thing and the only way we will find true healing.
Nobody wants to break. We all want to be whole and put together. And when we break, it is messy and the pieces get everywhere. However, I wholeheartedly believe that without breaking, our testimonies are only half as powerful and half as miraculous and half as relatable. Without breaking, we would not know the faithfulness and goodness of God. And by not breaking, we miss out on the most intentional and deep ways that God shows His love for us. He is in the breaking, and he is in the breakthrough. There is hope! Christ is stronger than me and I must remember my identity is in Christ. It is not in my circumstances. It is not in people. It is not in myself. It is in Christ. I have experienced and seen God restore the un-restorable and seen Him heal the most broken of hearts.
While I’m in the middle of the breaking, I have never been more aware of my weakness, yet I have never been more dependant upon His strength. I have never been more uncertain yet seen the clarity of His truths. I have never shed so many tears yet felt the comfort of my heavenly Father’s embrace so close. Yes, healing will take time. Yes there will be a part of me that will bear these scars. But one thing that I’ve learned from the past that has always prevailed is that God truly is good. Whether I am suffering or I am at peace, He never changes. And the cool thing? It’s always about God and He has a purpose to all the trials we go through. He has watched His sinful, broken creation, yet he still loves us unconditionally. That right there overwhelms me with gratitude and a desire to live my life for this amazing God.
Be encouraged, my friends. Whatever pain you’re going through; whatever trial you’re enduring, there is hope and rest in Jesus Christ.
When I am alone, You are my comforter. (2 Corinthians 1:3)
When I am nothing, You are my everything. (Philippians 4:19)
When I am sad and lonely, You are my song and my joy. (James 1:2-3)
When I am weak and helpless, You are my strength. (Psalm 46:1-3)
In Christ Always,