But Take Heart!

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It’s fun to delight and rejoice in a God who performs miracles, but what about when things aren’t going our way?  When cancer, divorce, miscarriages, addiction, death, and shattered dreams come upon us?  What then?  Where is our awesome and powerful God in those moments?

I know that God is still good because I’ve been taught to believe it, I’ve seen it, and I know there are scriptures in the Bible that talk about God being near and saving those who are crushed and broken…but in the moment, it totally sucks, and it’s hard to remind yourself of Truth.

This morning, I have no answers as I find myself sending up prayers for things that shouldn’t be.  Things that are unjust.  Things that aren’t fair.  Things that I can’t begin to comprehend.

As Christians, we can take heart that this isn’t our final destination, but it still doesn’t always make things easier when you’re in the thick of it.  I remember a few years ago, I was going through an extremely dark and difficult time.  I went up to take communion and our minister looked at me as he handed me the bread and said, “Elizabeth, this is the body of Christ.  May it sustain you in this life and carry you into the next.”

Those words were honey to my hurting and numb soul and I remember walking back with tears in my eyes and praying, “God, I want to be with you now…I’m tired and I’m hurting and I don’t want to wait.”

I realize that can appear slightly morbid, but in that moment, I was so acutely aware that this life isn’t all that there is and I was ready to get this show on the road, because what awaits us is SO much better than even the best of days here on earth.  The Psalms talk about how just one day in the house of God is better than 1,000 anywhere else, doesn’t that sound glorious?

But God’s timing is perfect and I know He has us each here for a reason.  And deep, deep down I know that even when we’re faced with pain and difficult situations, God is good and He remains the God of miracles.  So this morning as I am plagued with so many more questions than answers the verse that is ringing in my heart is this:

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 
John 16:33

And once again, I’m back where I was last week, “Jesus, thank You for the cross.”