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2.16.2021 – It isn’t any surprise, that we must face hard things…

Yesterday was “hard”…

…when it shouldn’t have been.

Have you had days like that?

Days when the battle is raging…

…but mostly only in your mind…

…mostly only because of worries or deep concerns that you didn’t even realize where hiding in there…and they came bursting out.

Or because of the “what now?“s that seem so overwhelmingly uncertain in the moment…

Isn’t it something how even the most relatively minor issues can seem as though they’re starting to “pile up” all of a sudden, and then we can begin to believe we’re “falling apart”?

So I came home yesterday, and I had a heart-to-heart with the Lord—I mean, I came to Him and broke open with ALL of my questions, all that I had weighing on my heart, all of my deep down concerns about “life situations” that seemed far more overwhelming than they should be.

Aaannnnnd I did what I thought I probably shouldn’t do…

…I burst out a “WHY God?”

Oh I did… 😬

“WHY God? Why am I going through these things? What is all of this? What is going on? Why won’t You just take it all away?”

And I wasn’t surprised when He didn’t give me an answer “why”…

But I realized this morning, that I’ve found myself in a place, that’s not really all that unusual, and it really isn’t any surprise.

“He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.” —Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”—James 1:2-4

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”—John 16:33

And He is so clear in His Word, how we are to handle going through things like this…

Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.“—Romans 12:11-12

Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”—1 Peter 5:9-10

It isn’t unusual or unexpected…

…that we must learn to endure through hard things we don’t understand.

And it isn’t a surprise that God doesn’t usually answer “why” while we’re right in the middle of what we’re going through…

But our God is faithful to hear us, to care about us, and to guide us into the next step, and the next step, and the next step… the steps that will lead us through what we must endure through.

And then when we get through it, and we get to the other side of it…

Perhaps He will then say,

“…Turn and just look at all of it now✨…. look and you will now be able to see ‘why‘…. just look at what I’ve led you through, and look at what I’ve now developed and grown in you…and look and see what I’ve done through you…”

And sometimes part of the journey through, is realizing some of our ways that need to be burned away, uprooted, cast down…

…the places where our thinking must be renewed, where we must take hold of the thoughts, and let Him transform our thinking—that we might learn to listen to where He wants to take our thinking, and allow Him take us into a better way—His way.

Perhaps we’ll find areas where our “heart of thankfulness” has switched over to being more of a focus on the “issues”… a zeroed-in focus on my concerns about, “…but what about the unanswered questions, God?

I must remember what He has already done.

I must remember what He is doing now—whether I can perceive it, feel it, see it, know it or not.

In times like these, I must fight the battle in my mind by shifting my focus back into having a thankfulness for what HE HAS DONE and for WHO HE IS.

Instead of giving into worrisome thoughts, fretting, wondering of the wrong kind…or thinking more on the things I thinkHe hasn’t done…

Instead of worrying about “why” I’ve found myself in this place…

I must thank Him for ALL that He has done,

and for ALL that He is doing,

and for ALL that He will do.

Thiswill help me through.

This… will shift my perspective.

This… will help me to remember that His ways are higher than our ways.

This… will remind me that He is good, no matter what He allows me to go through.

This… will remind me, that the things we go through are only temporary.

This… will remind me, that He makes all things beautiful in His timing.

…and while we’re in the middle of it all…

We can turn and reach, and He’s already just right there with us. 💖🌈

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.“—Psalm 34:17-19

LORD, my God, I cried to You for help, and You restored my health.”—Psalm 30:2

Thank You, Father. 💝 You’re always faithful to hear my cries for help, even if I ask the wrong questions. And You’re always faithful to lead me in the way I should go, to show me what the next steps “through” are to be…

And Lord…

Thank You for ALL that You have done.

Thank You for ALL that You are doing that I cannot see.

And thank You for ALL that You have up Your sleeves to do.

You set me back in line, and You’re teaching me how to think in a way that will help me through this life, and in a way that will help me to be able to endure through whatever I could ever face.

Thank You, Heavenly Father. 💝

-Heather 🌺

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