I was on the bus on my way to a friend’s place. As usual I was chatting with the Lord. My friend is going through a rather rough patch and I’m trying my best to make time to be with her…Thinking of her situation made me go down memory lane…
I thought of the varied trials and troubles that I have had to face throughout my life.. Different levels of intensity but at the time they seem to be the worst problem on earth. Looking back, I’m amazed at how God has carried me through and I also thank God for the many ‘angels’ He has brought to my life in the form of friends! Yet there have also been equally many times where I have had to suffer the pain and struggle alone – God was there with me, but when I say alone I’m talking about being devoid of human company – for both the right and the wrong reasons.
Today I’m able to thank God for the silver lining of every dark cloud in my life. Through it I have had the opportunity to cling on to my Heavenly Father with all my might like a child… Through it, I have known the touch of God’s love in reality, first hand experience…. Through it, I have been able to be aware to strive to empathise with others who are going through their share of troubles without discounting their feelings and without downplaying their emotions… Through all this, God has equipped me to desire to “bind the broken hearted and set the captives free and preach the good news to the poor” (Isaiah 61) (the very word He gave me when He first made His calling over my life clear – and we are all poor but made rich in Him and Him alone!)
These silver linings of the dark black clouds have taught me much while making me open to embrace the gifts and anointing from our Heavenly Father above!
“The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned,
that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear, to hear as the learned.” (Isaiah 50:4 NKJV)
The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. (NIV)
Where do you stand today?
Are you at a point asking,
“Why God Why? Why me?”
or are you able to say
“Thank you Lord, that you will never leave me nor forsake me, and you will turn anything that anyone means to harm us into good… Thank you Lord that through this you are moulding me to be more like You and to use me as Your vessel of love… to encourage the weary and comfort others with the comfort that You have given me”
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)
May we all continually be able to focus on eyes on the silver lining and the narrow rays of light – the blessings that surround us and the continual presence of God that give us hope and peace, a peace that surpasses all understanding and a peace that the world cannot give but only God can give!!!
Have faith – despite the difficulties of your situation or the whispers of the enemy into your ears even via loved ones!!! Stand firm in Him!
God bless you!