Today, I want to share with you from my heart about what God has shown me through some deep moments of sorrow. I hesitate to do it, because I would prefer to just talk about happy times and experiences, but life in the natural isn't all happy and we need the strength and support that God alone has to offer us. Also, times of sorrow are often the moments that God shows us His strength and enables that strength to then become part of our own character.
I have learned in the past few years that there is a difference between sadness and sorrow. Sadness is a surface wound and sorrow is like a deep cut that takes a long time to heal. My experience in recent days has been sorrow.
There have been days in the past three years that I would be startled by my own sighs of sorrow. I remember one day standing in my kitchen, and honestly, I dont know how long I was standing there, but my trance was broken when I heard my own sighs. I then knew what the Bible is talking about when it speaks of groanings too deep to utter. In the midst of this, the only thing I could do was place my life up against Jesus and let Him carry me. And carry me He has, every step of the way.
This one great scripture has become like my theme over the past three years.
"I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living." Psalm 27:13
Despair is deep sorrow. I have walked with God long enough to have seen, before our son went to heaven, that God had brought me through many other seasons of life. When Nathan died, I had to decide to remember all the ways that God had shown up in my life in days already passed. The Bible tells us to remember those days because they provide pictures and visible demonstration of His power.
You may be in a season of despair. Your job may be over, you lost a child of your own, you are having financial difficulty or you can fill in the blank. This is what I want to shout from the rooftop this week.
DO NOT DESPAIR.
REMEMBER WHO GOD IS.
THINK ABOUT WAYS HE HAS ALREADY BROUGHT YOU TO THIS POINT.
LEAN ON HIM FOR HE CARES FOR YOU.
We are walking in the land of the living together and I am praying for you that your deep sorrow be turned to joy.
Until we meet on the roof next week.