Are you in over your head right now; swamped by work, crashed by waves of unrelenting health issues, or dashed against rocky relationships? Perhaps you’re trying to survive all three? You know if you’re asked to swim against just one more current you’ll surely run out of breath and sink to the ocean floor.
When I’m feeling that way, I don’t need to hear that everyone goes through difficult times. I don’t need to hear “God’s got this”, “Just turn it over to God”, or “Everything happens for a reason”. What I need is compassionate prayer from listening friends. That works. Every. Single. Time.
I’ve learned this the hard way. I’m guilty as charged when it comes to offering platitudes, and I’m completely innocent of all charges of praying with or over a friend in trouble. I have friends whose ability to cry out to God on my behalf astounds me. Quite frankly, I’m not used to those kinds of heartfelt, passionate prayers – but I sure do like them and need them! My prayer is that one day I’ll be able to return the favor. In fact, it’s number 11 on my bucket list.
For now, I’ve discovered the most helpful thing for me to do in a difficult time is to remember all God has already done for me. Maybe that will help you too. When you think about how far God has brought you and how powerfully He has arranged every detail of your life for your good, I bet you’ll become completely undone. I was.
Even now, snapshots of faces He’s placed in my path at just the right time are flashing through my neurons like lightning. God is indeed good and He will continue to be. His faithfulness is great. I’ve seen Him move mountains. I’ve seen Him make a way where there was no way, and I believe I’ll see Him do it again.
You can believe it too!
“His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness … Therefore I will always remind you about these things, even though you know them and are established in the truth you now have. I think it is right, as long as I am in this bodily tent, to wake you up with a reminder.” (2 Peter 1:3, 12-13, CSB)
As the words of this song repeat over and over, let God peel back the layers of your heart as you worship Him.