Answers for Difficult Times by Dr. Michelle BengtsonIs it you?

Are you the friend who has been so heavily on my mind lately?

As I fall asleep at night, as soon as I wake up in the morning, and countless times throughout the day, you and your current struggle have been on my mind.

You and so many of my friends.
You and your prodigal child.
You and your failed marriage that you so desperately long to be reconciled.
You and your financial crisis.
You and your barren womb.
You and your grieving widow heart.
You in your health crisis with the lack of answers.

And personally, in my own current life trials, I can relate on so many levels, with so many areas of uncertainty. Questions without answers. Pain without anesthetic. Darkness waiting for the dawn.

My heart wants to take your pain, and fix this situation for you. I want to sit down next to you, take your hand in mine, look into your eyes, and tell you it’s going to be all right.

I’ve always thought of mountains as bad things…difficult life encounters that blocked my progress, got in my way, or shadowed my perspective. Recently, however, as I’ve walked through the valley of adversity, I’ve come to appreciate the mountains from a different perspective. It’s from the mountains that our hope comes from.

“I lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from?
My help comes from God, maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1)

Friend, I don’t know the answers to your why or mine, but I know the One who does.
I don’t know how to help, but I know the One who does.
I haven’t walked in your shoes so I can’t fully appreciate how you feel, but I know the One who does.
I don’t know how long this trial of yours will last, but I know the One who does.
I pray for you, but I don’t know what else to do, but I know the One who does.

It seems that the answer is always the same, and it’s always the best answer: When we get to the end of ourselves, He is the One we have to rely on.

Keep looking up.

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!


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