Hope in the Impossible Struggle

Are you struggling?

I mean are you facing an impossible problem that’s been ongoing for weeks, months, years?

Without answers?  Without resolution?  Without hope?

Are you overwhelmed?  Exhausted?  Desperate?  Angry?  Heartbroken?

If you have reached the end of yourself, if you think that you can’t bear another day, if the tears keep coming, then I can relate.  Maybe the details are different.  The timeframes.  The people.  The circumstances.  But, the pain?  The suffering?  The deep heart-break?  Yes.

No, I haven’t walked in your shoes.  But, I’ve lived these things, too.  The frustration, the beating your head against the wall, the knot in your stomach.  The pain, the hopelessness, the seemingly endless heartbreak.  The darkest, loneliest night.  The coldness.  The “when will this end?”

And, I have something to tell you that I hope will encourage you.  This hope doesn’t come in trite phrases, such as “it will get better” or “this too shall pass.”  Though well-meaning, these thoughts don’t offer a thirst-quenching drink to a weary soul.

This hope comes in the form of a person.

Do you want to turn your situation around?  Find hope?  Rest?

You can’t answer all of the questions, find all of the solutions, or fix all of the problems today, right now.  But there is something that you can do.

Try this.

You can respond to the One who loves you the most, today.

Just today.

Don’t worry about tomorrow, next week, next month, next year…

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,” Matthew 6:33-34

Respond to Him with what He’s telling you today and leave all of the tomorrows to Him.

One day at a time, one moment at a time you can turn to Him.  You can tell him what you need.  Ask your questions.  Reveal your innermost feelings and thoughts.

‘‘Call to Me, and I will answer you. And I will show you great and wonderful things which you do not know.’’  Jeremiah 33:33

And, then, you can listen.

Listen and respond.

Call the person that crosses your mind.  Go to that get together you were invited to.  Stay home and read that book.  Text that friend.  Pray that prayer.  Write that e-mail.

Go to that job interview.  Take that trip.  Sing that song.  Paint that picture.  Start that blog.  Write that business plan.

Do the things that He is whispering to you.  Respond.  Today.

And, watch and see what happens.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” Hebrews 11:6

That’s called faith.  When you are walking through the darkest night  and in the deepest pain, and you take a step out to trust that still small Voice, that’s faith.  And, here’s what comes from that kind of faith: reward.

Here’s what will happen over time.

Each day that you connect with the One who made you, and respond, peace will fill you.  His peace.  You will get to know Him.  You will be amazed at the little things, one by one, that begin to unravel in your life.  And, day by day, one day at a time, your situation will change.  I can’t promise how.  I know that it will.

Because He loves you.

The answers will come.  The burden will lighten.

He will heal your heartache.  He will meet you where you are.

What once was overwhelming will resolve, one day at a time.

You will hope again.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Why?

Your life will change because you are connecting with the Life-giver.

Because it’s not about a quick and easy solution to a problem anymore.  It’s about Him.  Loving Him, knowing Him, and walking with Him, by faith.

Those little things you do in response to Him are faith.

Because, ultimately, He loves you and wants to be close to you.  He wants to walk with you. He wants to know you and be known by you.  He wants to show you His love and be loved by you.

And, to be close to you.

That is the most precious gift of all.

“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.”  Philippians 3:7-9

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