The first thing I saw on Facebook, Sunday morning September 1st 2013 was an authentic and raw post from a new friend who lost his young son recently when disaster struck our city.
My friend’s posts remind me of many Psalms. They acknowledge the Lord and at the same time reflect real inner tension.
How can we reach out to Christ for positivity, hope and purpose while every fiber of our being is walking through the valley of the shadow of death?
Until this morning, I never made the connection, that King David, the Psalmist, also lost a son and his personal struggle is chronicled there. I’m sure that’s why my friend’s words immediately send me to the Psalms.
I think Spurgeon was right when he said, “The Lord get’s his best soldiers out of the Highlands of affliction.”
My past struggles are slight compared to the loss of a child. But this morning, I was reminded of a personal journal entry I made while going through a dark time last December.
Here was my question, my reflection and what I believe was an answer:
Q – How can I stay encouraged when hard times come?
A – Every struggle and human emotion is addressed by the God who created me and knows me intimately. By staying close to Him all the time, it becomes natural to stick in His presence during hard times. His Word and words give just what you need, when you need it.
Consider the following meditation for today!
I would have lost heart
Unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
I will hope in the Lord
And be of good courage, and He will strengthen my heart;
Yes, I will hope in the Lord. (Psalm 27:13-14 paraphrase)