Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I am so very thankful that God is a very present help in time of trouble. I have had some very trying times during my time here on earth. In the good times I have spent many an hour in prayer getting to know my heavenly Father. However, it is in the times of trouble that He makes Himself most real to me. I do not long for times of trouble by any means, yet that is where I feel Him closest. Knowing that He hears my prayers brings comfort in the hard times. Sometimes you have to take it by faith, but other times there is absolutely no mistaking it. There are times that the prayers that are almost not even uttered because of the pain, yet He hears and answers. There are times when you cry and cry and seek an answer, not even sure there is one, then He steps in and it is so clear and you wonder how you could not have seen it coming. It is in hard times that the faithfulness of God shines brightest. It is there that you see the full blown goodness and compassion of the Lord towards you. The hard times have only made me stronger and made me love God more. I would not trade them for anything as far as my relationship with God is concerned. I don't want to repeat them, but am thankful to have been brought through them. So when the hard times come, and they will, rejoice. You are getting ready to have another layer of the onion peeled back in your understanding of God. In everything give thanks, even when you cannot see the reason for it. It could be the greatest thing to happen to you in the long run. I will keep my eyes focused on heavenly things not on the temporal things of earth. I do not fight against an earthly foe, and I know Who wins in the end.