God is the answer. But we must believe it to see it.
I don’t know about you, but for me, I sometimes forget that God is in control.
I find myself asking questions when I should probably be listening to Him for answers.
No matter how you look at them, hard times are hard times… that’s why we don’t call them “easy times.” But it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, like you are drowning, surrounded by a sea of negativity and downfalls. This is when we should look to God.
And I don’t mean look to God like glance up and say “hello.” But look to him in awe, cling to, drape ourselves over, hold tight to, because his hand is already reaching for us, we’re the ones who have to raise our own hand and hold him tight. He is always there. Always, always, always. His arms are already (always) around us, embracing us in complete love.
There’s a song by Jars of Clay, “two hands” that pertains to this needing to reach for him.
“I am a house that is divided
in my heart and in my mind
I use one hand to pull you closer
The other to push you away
If I had two hands doing the same thing
Lifted high, lifted high.”
The song reminds me that half the battle we find ourselves facing during hard times is within ourselves. Looking for answers that we may never receive instead of keeping our hearts and minds on God and remember that he has a plan for all things. Even the things that are terrible and hard to face.
And in those times of hardships, grief, despair, etc., we should look for and find the comfort & love that surrounds us here. Know that whatever we may be facing doesn’t have to be faced alone. That there are others around willing to comfort, care, listen, guide, etc. We are each others hope.
We’ve all faced hard times. We’ve found ourselves on the floor asking “why?” Angry at the world. Annoyed with ourselves. Brokenhearted. Frustrated. Overcome with emotions. But we’re still here for a reason. We’re here to help one another, to love one another, to be there for each other through whatever we may face.
Hope exists and it exists in God, his love for us, and it exists within us. Don’t let the darkness overpower the light we all have within.
We must keep our hearts and minds open so we may hear what God is saying, whispering, and showing us. We must pray, always, no matter what we’re feeling. Be open to whatever his response may be.
Remember, he loves us more than we will ever know.