You are going through a rough time, shaking your head in disbelief — denying this is really happening to you. You are stuck in the middle of a hardship, wondering if you’ll ever get out of this. It hurts! People are coming across your way asking: “Where is your God in all of this? Doesn’t He care?”
I’m going through a hard time in my life at the moment — one of the hardest ones so far. I can still hear my mom saying: “My daughter can face anything because she is so strong. But, you know what? I’m not that strong after all…
Our natural reaction is to deny bad news, ignore any kind of feelings, push away the thoughts that are coming up — anything to blank out the pain. Or, when not in denial, we stand up and pretend we are strong — which might go so far, that even we ourselves believe we can handle all this in our own strength. But we can’t!
Now the last thing we want to do — or feel like doing — is to lift up our hands and praise God. “And how could you, how dare you, in such a time as this,” the world may tell you. But this is exactly what you and I need in desperate times! Worldly people don’t understand that. They are strong until they face abuse, cancer, death, whatever… Then they are helpless and don’t know what to say except for: Yes, get help, come to terms with it. But then, get over it and move on!
Precious child of God, the Bible is full of stories of people who got hurt, who were in pain, who faced the same or similar issues than you do in life. Also, God’s Word is filled with His Promises, with beautiful Psalms, hymns and comforting verses. He will be your Strength, your Peace, your Comfort! He said He would. Cry out to Him and trust that He hears you and cares for you. Give praises to Him in midst of all your troubles. Praising Him is so, SO healing.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31 KJV)