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It was one of those months where everything that could go wrong, in fact, did go wrong. The kids refused to listen, I was sick, my husband was sick, the phone wouldn’t stop ringing, we had a nice little link develop in our ceiling and our van broke down. It seemed as though everywhere we turned my husband and I were mending up something. It was tiresome and very discouraging. In the midst of it all, I remember thinking I could not possibly handle anything else. And then yet another phone call came through informing me that my mentor of many years had lost her battle to cancer. In that moment, I lost it.
More often than not people start their Christian walks thinking that they will be shielded from all the bad things that steal our joy. The fact is that this is not the case. More often than not we face more of those joy killers than most people. The only difference is that we have God to help hold us together and to comfort us.
For affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
but man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward. ~Job 5:6-7
I am reminded of Job every single time that I face difficult things in my life. When I seem to have a permanent home in the very lasting season of bad luck. Job, a man who lost everything, refused to turn his back on God. Even in the midst of uncertain times, he remained faithful. However, this does not mean that he didn’t allow himself to have a pity party.
We are allowed to feel sorry for ourselves from time to time.
We are allowed to question why things happen to us.
We are allowed to need time to gather our thoughts and gain composure.
We are allowed to long for God to tell us why things are happening.
I think that sometimes we forget that we are allowed to do these things. We forget because we have had it drilled into our minds that if we dare to share our true thoughts and feelings that we will be viewed as “non-Christian like”. But, the fact is that people need to see us in those moments of struggles without the fake smile plastered on our faces. You see, it is in those moments that we are allowing others to see where we are and when God helps to make us whole again those people will also see what God is capable of.
Our God is in the business of fixing the broken and restoring us to far more than we ever thought possible.
Our God is in the business of helping those who love Him.
Our God is in the business of listening to our cries and reminding us that He is listening.
Our God is faithful and one that can be trusted in all things and situations.
Job knew this about God. Even when his friends were confused, Job held his faith even if he did have his moments of brokenness. When his wife felt he should curse God, Job knew that this was simply unacceptable because everything we hold dear on this Earth is only ours for a short time. Our health, our vehicles, our friends, our children and all other things can be gone in an instance but God is ours forever.
In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. ~Job 1:22
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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