It seems that no matter what our theme is in the schools each month, the lessons seem to apply to us in some way. So that we are learning the truth from them too. We have been teaching about blessed are the peacemakers and how Jesus can give us peace in the storms of life.
And oh my, have we had our share of storms lately. Since we came back to Honduras a few weeks ago we have been hit hard with different things so the transition coming back has been HARD. There were moments in the recent weeks, when I truly felt like I was “done”. I was longing to go back….funny because when we were in Canada, I was missing Honduras! But you know we came back to Honduras and life happened…our beloved dog died unexpectedly, and on the heels of that, struggles with one of our kids and the health of Dale’s mom. We found ourselves shaken and broken.
And the reality is, all of us go through times like this at some point or another in our walk of faith. No one has it all together all of the time. Not even pastors or missionaries. Because, storms will come. There will be times of doubt. Times where we want to just simply give up or throw in the towel and run away. Times where discouragement settles in.Times where our faith is put to the test.
In the recent weeks that have passed I have been so thankful for a couple close friends in Canada that I was able to call, talk to and pray with during those desperate moments when I felt like I couldn’t go on. They know my heart. Even if I can’t get together for coffee with them anymore. I believe it is in part because of their prayers and having someone to talk to, that it was easier to give the heavy burden I was carrying to the Lord and leave it at his feet. Oh, there have been moments where I have temporarily picked it back up again and the tears fall and I become momentarily undone…but really I am not meant to bear it alone. We all need to remember that He is there for us, to carry the burden for us….and through the storm He is there…even when we don’t understand why our world is falling apart.. We are never truly alone. We need to remember to keep our eyes on Him and not the circumstances…but also know that we can pour out our heart to God and tell him what we are feeling and he isn’t going to be offended by our pain.
Psalm 34: 18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.
I was reminded of these truths in a timely First5 devotional recently, right after Reuben our sweet dog died.
“ Gen 8:1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded..
Christians have many benefits as children of God, but flood free lives are not one of them. Perhaps this is one of the most difficult things to accept.
Noah and his family spent a life walking with God, and yet he and his family faced a horrific storm. As the door of the ark was closed, Noah’s only hope was to trust God through the unknown,
We all have faced unknown storms. The untimely death of a family member. The uncertainty of our health. Unemployment. Just to name a few. But our key verse gives us certainty for times that are uncertain.
No matter the severity of the storm or how we arrive in its eye, we can trust two simple truths about God and the floods that we face. 1. God remembers His plans for us. 2. God remembers his love for us.
A storm doesn’t mean God forgot us. God remembered Noah and gave him instructions to build the ark. It was Noah’s obedience that kept his family safe when the flood rose. In the same way, God directs us, and our safety often requires obedience.
Whether we are currently in a storm or just on the other side of one, we can be certain our storm will end. Isn’t it comforting to know that God will be with us through it all?”
So, all that being said, things are looking up. I believe for now we are on the other side of the storm…until the next one. We have had laughter in the house again. We have a new pup named Abby and having her to love on is helping to heal the hurting hearts in this family. She is a cutie and a quick learner.
Also, there are exciting things happening in the ministry too. There are things that I am not free to share about yet, but stay tuned! God is on the move, putting different people in our path for such a time as this and we can’t wait for the right time to share about it…