Wednesday, 2 March 2016

When It Makes No Sense.

"In all things, give thanks" they say. "God's ways are higher than ours." "Don't let your situation dictate your worship." Trust God. These are all too familiar sayings. But, Lord I don't understand. How do I trust you when there's no glimmer of hope in sight? There are no rainbows after my rain. I come out every morning with a surge of hope and still, there is no seeming hope. Only to pick up from where yesterday ended in the same gloom and I don't feel you as close to me as before. What do you do when there is no will left? When there's no more "fight" in you, where do you go?

Life takes us through so many seasons that have the potential to cause us to doubt God and His promises for us. Life tries to suck out all the light and hope left in us, but we must keep our heads above the waters. We must still wake up and show up. We must counter every thought of the devil with the VOICE of God's word. We must pick ourselves up, as broken and frail as we might feel and put a praise on every situation that tries us. Yes, there are those times when you don't even want to open your mouth to sing any song of worship or praise because that's the farthest point your mind is at! Let me challenge you (and me), crank up the volume of whatever device you have and let the voice of worship and praise saturate the room you're in, and watch that situation and presence melt away and flee into nothingness.

Don't try to understand why you are where you are. Refuse to converse with the voices in your head that make you feel worse. Get out of your head and plunge all your trust into God. He has the capacity to hold every bit of us. He desperately wants to have all of us. I dare you to try Him! Proverbs 3:5 admonishes us to trust in Him with our whole hearts, and lean not on our understanding...because our understanding can fail us, and it's not even our place to understand. Our reasoning is flawed and finite, but God has all power in heaven and on earth.  Don't try to figure it out. Let God work it out.

It's always the right time to be joyful.  While life convinces us that there are times reserved for sorrow and heaviness of heart and spirit, there are no specific times reserved for joy. It's always a good time to radiate from within. In the midst of your pain, you will be tempted to ask, joy for what? Well, joy because you know you are simply going through and will come out on the other side. Joy because your faith has carried you on its wings of promise to the desired end God has for you. Joy because "the sufferings of this present time ARE NOT WORTHY to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18). Joy because your happiness is of more significance to any semblance of depression. Joy because God expects it! Lord I will trust you, even when it makes no sense to me.

Have a joy-FULL week. (This is me preaching to the choir, but someone else needs it me thinks)
I love it. Mean it!
Favor O.

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