Tough times are all around us.
I have several close friends who are going through a lot right now and even my dental hygienist during my appointment this week shared big life events happening to her three children, including the cancer of her seventeen year old son. My own family has had a very different kind of spring and summer for several different reasons, and honestly I have never felt as weary over life at times as I have these past months.
So many people are dealing with a lot–stress and discouragement, concerns over health and family relationships, work issues–and there doesn’t seem to be any end to the hardness of life here on earth.
So what are we supposed to do?
That has been the question on my mind lately and I’ve found some answers I’d like to share with you.
#1 Discontent here on earth is a great motivator and reminder to DEPEND ON CHRIST—the ONLY thing which never changes. Never ever! I feel great comfort in resting in Him and His never changing nature and love for me. It’s hard to put myself to the side and depend on others, let alone on God for all things, but that is the only thing which has brought me solid peace lately.
#2 When I am weak, God’s perfect nature has an opportunity to shine through me. A song I play in my car over and over is by Phillips, Craig and Dean entitled “Awake My Soul (Christ is Formed in Me).” Some of the words of that song are, “When I lose myself, I reflect your image; when I break, I break my will, then I am whole; when I give, give my all, I find life everlasting; then Christ is formed in me. Awake my soul, prepare an entrance for your glory and let my heart become a throne for you to dwell, and when I need your Holy Spirit more than life itself, then Christ is formed in me.” (I encourage you to look this song up and listen to it as it is truly beautiful in word and music.) Coupled with the truth of this song and my silly affection since I was a kid for Play-doh, ☺ I love the thought that these hard times are hopefully squishing out “Becca” and forming more of Christ in me for the world to see.
#3 Prayer for others matters. And it matters BIG. I certainly believe in prayer and have felt the prayers of others throughout my life. However, I have never felt the power of prayer so evident as I have this summer. So many people have supported our family in prayer and continue to do so, and there is NO WAY we could have gone through all of the things we have without it. We had wisdom to make decisions, unexplained energy when we should have been wiped out, health to complete tasks, encouragement through multitudes of cards, texts and words and mostly peace “that is beyond understanding.” All of these I credit to being supported in prayer by so many. Prayer certainly matters.
Tough times are going to continue, but so is God’s never changing nature and love for us. Rely on what you know is true, depend on Christ, keep praying and let Christ form himself in you.
Children’s Ministry Director