“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Whether due to my awareness or the reality of the current world situation, it seems to me lately there is so much pain and suffering. There are five members of my family currently in the midst of different stages of disease. My cousin battles a rare condition and often is hospitalized. My uncle battles melanoma. My grandmother and aunt (mother and daughter) both underwent bilateral mastectomies in the past year to fight breast cancer. My cousin’s husband found out recently that the doctors believe his rare sarcoma cancer is terminal. He’s 30. I’ve heard stories of cancer, death, divorce, and various personal struggles within our church community.
Why? A non-believer would try to use examples such as those I listed to validate their argument. When I think of all that people are going through, it truly breaks my heart. I lean on John 16:33. A friend shared this Scripture with me when we were facing the possiblity of Caitlin having serious health issues. It reminded me that God never, ever promised anyone an easy life. Believing in God does not mean we will get a golden ticket to a pain free existence. But He does promise us, over and over, that He will get us through. Lean on Him, and the pain won’t necessarily go away, but He will comfort us.
“Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.” — Psalm 86:6-7
He always answers your prayer. Maybe you don’t see it – maybe it doesn’t come in the form you feel it should. But He is ALWAYS there. After hearing the news of an abnormal 20-week scan with Caitlin, I literally fell to my knees in despair and very literally cried out to God. Within days, a peace had settled over me. That peace could only be the work of a loving, merciful God.
“I am the LORD, who heals you” — Exodus 15:26
He’s healed me. Physically and mentally. Without His hand, I don’t know that I would have survived my final pregnancy. I recently saw my condition (to a more severe degree) play out on Grey’s Anatomy and it stunned me. Seeing what could have happened made me praise my God, who placed His healing hands on me in the OR on July 23.
If Christians never experienced any bad, would we still turn to God? If we always got the answer WE wanted to every prayer, never experienced pain, would we still turn to God? Trials produce perseverance of faith. It’s easy to forget Him when things are going our way. It may just be my experience, but the most terrifying moment of my life brought me closer to God than I had ever been. After my cry of desperation, God comforted me. When I feel all the earthly distractions pulling me away from God, I can look to my beautiful miracle and see the power of God.
You may be in the midst of a trial so big, you can’t see God’s hand. It may feel insurmountable. Continue to pray. Continue to turn to God.
“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Those are HIS promises to us. If there’s an area you don’t feel God is with you, pray. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Journal about your experience, and look back weeks..months..years from now. I assure you: you will see God fulfilled His promises. God is good!