Hey friends, how are you today? Phew!! The past few days have brought chills to our neck of the woods. One of the neighborhoods to our north received nine inches of snow! Most of us in my neck of the woods held our collective breath because this was just too close for comfort. Of course, we want the snow, we just don’t want it right now! Perhaps for a moment on December 25th and then again for a few days in January, but that’s all. But I suppose that will be asking for too much, I am almost sure I will tell you of our first snowfall sometime this month. What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?
Have you ever hungered for something, then it seemed that you may just receive it, only for it to be snatched from your very fingers? Have you ever been there? Recently a sweet friend suffered a similar loss. She prayed and we prayed about a situation in her life, and it seemed like she was going to have her prayers answered in the affirmative, only it turned out the answer was either ‘wait’ or ‘no’.
I had a similar situation a few years ago. We had prayed and prayed for a baby and then (yeah!) we got pregnant. We were so excited and thankful and when we crossed that three-month threshold, we thought we were home free. We began planning for baby’s arrival and settled on possible names for a boy and for a girl. Then almost into the fifth month, doctors could not detect a heartbeat.
I could not believe this was happening. Why Lord? Lord, you could have said ‘no’ from the very beginning, why after four months?
It is difficult to ‘see’ the good in situations, such as these. Like me, this friend’s faith in the Lord’s goodness is shaky. She has no more prayer requests because then she can’t be hurt if her prayers are not a ‘yes’ answer. She says the Lord will do what He wants anyway, why bother, right?
Sometimes analyzing our feelings can be tricky. It can be difficult to decipher our feelings. Most of us can be so crushed that we give up; we surrender, but not to the Lord. We surrender to hopelessness. We give up hope. We may think and even say to ourselves that it didn’t matter. But the truth is the words and our feelings do not align. Sometimes discouragement can seem like trust because they are both a form of surrender. But when we surrender to the Lord there is hope. He brings peace and joy to our lives. If there isn’t that, then more than likely we are struggling with our faith. And friends, that’s ok if we struggle in the presence of the Lord. Struggle in His presence; stay there. Talk to the Lord through this, I promise you, He is an excellent Listener. And the beauty of it, is that He will not leave us there. Eventually, we will have that hope, that peace that was always there, but our feelings got in the way.
It’s a good thing the Lord deals with feelings. He knows and understands our feelings. I have reminded her to keep talking to the Lord, tell Him of those feelings and keep on telling Him until one day, the pain will diminish. Read the Bible and keep reading until the desire to read has returned. The Lord delights in honesty and of course, He already knows exactly how we feel anyway. Give Him those feelings. Believe me He isn’t breakable; He can handle it.
Life throws us curve balls friends, trust the Lord with your feelings.
Have you ever had something you’ve always wanted snatched from your hand?