Have you ever been grieving while the rest of the world was singing Christmas carols and drinking eggnog? Christmas isn’t always the most joyful time of the year. If you’ve been there, this year, you could be the one who understands and shares comfort to those in need. What a gift!
There are times when life doesn’t make sense, when pain is great. The most difficult of circumstances, cancer diagnosis, miscarriage, even the death of a loved one, require the greatest trust. They require that we trust God even when we don’t understand.
I’m not a mountain climber, and I don’t play one on TV, but as I looked around me, mountains surrounded me. Have you ever been in the valley, looking up at the enormity of the mountain, yet feeling ill-equipped for the trek? When a mountain obscures our path, trusting God is the first step toward throwing that mountain into the sea.
Have you ever faced times so hard it feels like you’re being pulled out to sea by the undertow and you’re unable to catch a solid breath before the next wave hits? Those times when you feel like you’ve been taken out to sea, yet everyone else is enjoying the tranquility of the beach. When we face difficulties and the loneliness they bring, we have a source that we can turn to so we can learn how to handle hard times.
In my darkest times, desperation drew me closer to God and made me willing. Suffering through trials strengthened my faith and gave me a richer testimony of God’s faithfulness. I learned what I needed to remember during the battle. Read more for the truth I stood on to gain victory.