My husband made a comment about the sadness on her face. I was unable to make my own observation as my view was obscured by the person to the right of her.
As the morning service ended, I made my way over to my friend. A gentle tap on her shoulder drew her attention to me. As she turned, I silently agreed with my husband.
Such sadness, indeed!
With shoulders hunched forward, her eyes spoke what her lips did not. I saw and felt her fragility and I thought to myself, ‘she is walking through something heavy.’
I asked how she was. My question must have triggered emotions sitting just beneath the surface because the handle on the tap turned and let loose a stream I did not see coming. She buried her face into the side of my neck and bathed it in her tears!
I felt a deep ache in my heart. I desperately wanted to encourage her, sprinkle a bit of hope into her day but I was at loss for words. All I could do was wrap my arms around her and hold on tight.
Eventually, I found my voice but my promise to pray sounded hollow and unsatisfying to my own ears. It just didn’t seem enough. Yet my friend expressed her gratitude for my time, my love and my friendship. I gave her another hug and she was on her way. She wasn’t yet ready to share.
WE ALL FACE DIFFICULT SEASONS
“Do not be anxious for anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends, all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7
I am sure you’ve been there, experiencing the feeling that it’s just too much? Those moments when life seems overwhelming with too many challenges, too many adversities, too many conflicts? You are stressed to the max. Your heart lacks peace and the waves of the storm threatens to pull you under. I know those times well.
The cares of life can weigh heavily on our heart and it can leave us feeling helpless, sometimes even hopeless. Solutions to our situation seem distant or impossible. Sure we try our best to present a strong and brave front but the effort to do so only adds to our stress. What’s more, we tell our self we should be better at handling this. We feel guilty and weak.
The thing is, everyone has those seasons when life seems dark and formidable. We all know that. But, when we are the one experiencing the storm, we feel as if we are on a one man island. We feel alone.
Some days we are able to manage. But then there are those days when we are knocked off our feet by the waves. That one particular situation or that one problem that simply won’t change and we are left wondering if it will ever get better. We wonder if we can have peace in the storm.
Even though my friend knows that God is with her, I believe she was going through a season of those days. A season where her faith staggered and she was in need of his peace. I wrestled for several days with thoughts of her, because I know from experience, how difficult this time is for her, for anyone.
3 THINGS TO CONSIDER IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM
1. Pray and keep in the word of God
Honestly, there has been occasions when I’ve walked through a difficult season and find it hard to pray or even read my bible. When I am distracted by my circumstance, it becomes hard to focus on God.
But, is it not in those instances we really should be praying, soaking in his presence, seeking out his wisdom? Is it not in those times we need to allow the truth and promises of his word to refresh the spirit man and soothe our soul? This is the time to apply the word to our life and make it personal to our situation.
Though our prayers are not always answered in the way we would like, praying is the most important thing we can do. Seeking God through prayer strengthens us. Prayer keeps us connected to him and his word stirs our faith to believe, keeping hope alive in our heart.Prayer keeps us connected to him and his word stirs our faith to believe, keeping hope alive in our heart.Click To Tweet
2. Trust God and receive His peace in the storm
There is never a moment in life where we don’t need peace. Real peace is not about the absence of difficulties or trials. Instead, it is the ability to trust God in the middle of any situation. Knowing that he is with us no matter what is happening in our life. It is important that we learn to trust God before the storm. Trusting him before the storm leads to greater peace in the storm.
There are many things we have no control over, therefore, no amount of worrying or fretting will change our situation. As long as we are living, we will experience tremulous times along the journey, even when we trust and rest in God. The secret is to never take our eyes off him.
That is why I love the story of Peter who walked on water with Jesus during the storm. (Matthew chapter 14) It is a wonderful reminder that it is not about the storm we are going through but who is going through the storm with us. And so, we trust the one who has the power to calm the storm as he gentle, yet firmly, calls us to ‘take courage.’Trust the one who has the power to calm the storm as he gentle, yet firmly, calls us to ' take courage.'Click To Tweet
3. Confide in a trusted friend, especially during the storm
“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heart-felt advice.” Proverbs 27:9
Every one can use a good friend at times but when we journey through the storms of life, a good friend is invaluable. We’ve heard the phrase “no man is an island.” So true! We really need each other to get through life and God created us for fellowship and community.
Sometimes the difficult things we walk through are not necessarily things we want everyone to know about. So having a genuine and supportive friend who we can confide in and trust with our heart is of utmost importance. I believe one of the greatest blessings we can have in this life time, is to have a godly friend who listens, offers wise counsel and build us up.One of the greatest blessings we can have in this life time, is to have a godly friend who listens, offers wise counsel and build us up.Click To Tweet
OVER FLOW WITH HOPE IN THE STORM
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Seasons of trials will come but they will also pass. As we turn our face towards God and fix our eyes on him, we will experience peace. His hand is always outstretched to us and he promise to never leave us. So as we journey through the storm, may we lean into his love and trust his heart for us.
Come on dear friends, let us journey together by faith, as we learn to embrace peace in the midst of the storm. God bless you!