The darkest day I’ve ever had was the week of Thanksgiving. It was the day I found out that I would never be able to carry my own children. That I am barren. Even seven years later, my mind is still assaulted with memories of that terrible day and season. The last emotion I felt that week was thankfulness, and I found myself wondering how I could possibly be thankful life had just been forever altered.
If trials and sorrows are threatening to undo you this holiday season, I want to tell you something. You don’t have to have it all together. It’s okay not to be okay. For the longest time, I tried to tell myself that it would all be okay. That because I believed in God’s sovereignty, I should just accept my sorrows as a part of His sanctifying process. As a result, I didn’t allow myself to mourn, or truly feel the full weight of the pain. Over the years, I’ve learned how to lament and grieve before the Lord, and with the Lord. I’ve learned that it’s entirely possible to trust in a sovereign God, and still lament, cry and be upset.
What do you do when you’re hurting ? You collapse into your Father’s arms. Cry out to Him in your pain. Tell Him your doubts, fears and feelings. God is big enough to handle all our emotions, our frustrations, our questions, and our sorrows.
Dear one – don’t give up! Even though it might not feel like it – God’s love is deeper than any sorrow you’ll experience. Underneath you are the everlasting arms. If you are God’s child, all hell is endeavored to shake your soul, and tempting you walk away from God. Don’t give Satan that satisfaction. Cling to Christ with everything you have. Sometimes, we need to choose to continually remind your heart of truth, even if we feel tired and weak.
- Nothing can separate you from His love
- God is in control
- He will redeem all things
- Our tears will be wiped away one day
Do you have stories of God’s faithfulness in your life? In our dark moments, cling to God’s past mercies in your life. They are a strong guarantee for future deliverance!
Trust that hope will come, and praise Him while you’re waiting. If we waited until we felt like praising God, He’d rarely receive our praise. Sometimes we must choose to praise Him even though our hearts don’t feel like it.
“No faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.” – Charles Spurgeon