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Friday, March 16, 2012

Let’s Just Be Honest

This month has been one of the hardest months in recent history for me and for people that I love. Honestly, I hate it.

There has been destruction, loss of homes, and families displaced from the result of a tornado. There has been illness and surgeries to remove cancer. There has been a death of a precious 18 year old that many loved. There is mental illness and subsequent health issues surrounding that. There are financial needs that are not being met and people struggling to keep their homes. There is divorce because someone cheated and now a woman is alone with her kids. And the list could grow and grow and grow…

There is too much.

It’s too much to think about and it’s too hard to understand.

I guess I’d love for every post to be fun and funny and happy and about trivial things, but reality isn’t always like that, you know?

It’s hard. It reaches deep within you and it’s not easily overcome. It seems that healing just begins in one way and then another wave comes and crashes in.

It’s hard but there is one thing that I know for sure…

Our ONLY hope is Jesus.

You can say all that you might about time healing all pain and give well wishes, but the truth is that if we are not seeking God and His healing hand of power and strength in this world it, and all of it’s problems will choke the life from us. We are only human and our hearts and minds can only take so much. HE, ALONE, is able to carry us through times like these and without Him… well, there really is no hope.

I know that those who do not know Christ as Savior roll their eyes and want to say that they will pick themselves up by their bootstraps, move on and be ok. But I wonder… when they are alone.. when they go to bed at night… where does their hope come from?

Honestly, my heart has hurt too much to put it into words. All I know is that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 If He allows these things then somehow, and I don’t always understand, something good will come from it. I pray for those who do not know Christ and for those who mourn without hope. My heart breaks for those dealing with such overwhelming circumstances that they don’t know how they will stand.

If we don’t tell them about the hope of Christ how will they EVER know?

5 comments:

lisa said...

I so understand where your at on this...I don't see how people do it with the Lord... I just finished 6 months of chemo and then had a double mastectomy and I am not cancer free.. I could not have gone through this with out the Lord and my husband who has been my rock through out this journey...Has it been easy no...But it has been easier with the Lord carrying me through out the journey..
Lisa

lisa said...

made a mistake on the first sentence...it should have been I don't see how people do it with OUT the Lord...

Patty Sumner said...

It is so true in times of heartache and pain the Lord is our only source of hope, strength and peace. He and only he can make a bad thing good. Sorry for your bad week but I'm glad that you know where your hope comes from. Blessings!

Cindy said...

A friend going through cancer treatments once said, "If I don't turn to the Lord, then where DO I turn?" I too sometimes wonder how people get through life when they don't know the Lord.

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

I, too, have NO idea what'd I do if I did not have the Lord to turn to and trust that He will bring me through every.last.problem I might have. There are two here who have made comments about getting through cancer treatments --- I'm the third one. And believe me, I learned that just as he is the God of the mountaintop experiences, He is also the God of the valleys. I heard a definition of "hard times:"
A hard time is a unique opportunity for us to experience God's love and care for us in a totally new and exciting way. Isn't that always the truth? As hard as any one of the "hard times" you mentioned can be, when we look back, He was there, loving us, caring for us, and leading us through. Bootstraps don't do it for me! So glad I found you today. It was such a joy to be here!