Have you ever been brought down so low in life that your situation tempted you to beg, borrow, or steal? What are you saying, sister blogger? Are you saying that that was my moment of desperation whereby I thought God had left me? Was that the time when I sincerely embraced ideas that God had struck me down in retribution of my sins? Was that the occasion when my friends and loved ones were hurling all kinds of accusations at me and accusing me of engaging in unbecoming activities? How did you know that surely there had been times in my life when I thought of ending it all?
How Did I Know??? Come on now!
I know these things because if a person lives long enough, he or she will in variably experience life’s ups and downs that in several instances seems impossible to overcome. Especially when you are trying to overcome them all by yourself.
The question you should be asking is how I can constructively manage these life-threatening situations.
Recounting a personal example:
Earlier this week I received a telephone call from a friend that not only surprised me but also lifted me up with her message. She reported to me that for the longest time she had been prayerfully trying to encourage her adult children to reunite with the church and to restore their faith in God. Although her children politely listened to her, they did nothing to align themselves with an organized institution of godly teaching. And my friend had great despair that her adult children were setting a bad example for her grandchildren when it came to knowing God and his commandments. (My friend had more than once shared with me that she thought God had left her and ignored her prayers that she offered up for her family.)
But on this day, my friend was calling me to share some great news concerning her oldest female grandchild we will call Mary. Mary was a college graduate and had been working for the past 7 years at various jobs. She called her grandmother to inform her that she had saved enough money to make a down payment on a newly constructed home in a suburb of her hometown. Mary was giving praises to the Almighty God for being the instrument that had made all these things possible. And the grandmother’s faith was revitalized in knowing that God had not forsaken her and the prayers that she was sending up for her family were being answered.
After hearing this great news, it took a moment for my friend and I to compose ourselves. Finally I said to her, my sister, I, too, was in prayer for you. During the past few months, your contacts with me have been very sorrowful and I knew you were under some sort of strain. I suspected they were growing pains that you had to bear for reasons between you and God. After hearing such good news about your grandchild, you must have passed the test and are now reaping the rewards that come with patience, gentleness, self-control, kindness, love, joy, and peace. That represents that at all times you were in constant communication with the Holy Spirit but He was letting you do all the talking. Finally, you were at a place where peace and quietness took over.
Thanks be to God that you weathered the storm. For as you well know, our Lord and Savior will never leave or totally forsake you. All we have to do is to hold on to God’s unchanging hand.
My prayer for you and all under the sound of my voice:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for making Your work in me a ‘calling’ to be available, prepared and complete with intuition to be attuned to my fellowman’s life dilemmas. Not only to obey Your workings in order to gain Your favor, but to fortify the down-trodden, to lift up the heavy burdened and to restore the weak and weary back to Your loving arms. May I always have the fortitude to serve my Lord and Savior to the utmost and not merely man alone. Amen.
Scripture Lesson: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-13
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