There are days when I can almost taste trouble. When I recall every detail of a difficult situation or traumatic moment, a bitter taste can enter my mouth, and sour the rest of a day unless I put it into proper perspective.
Nothing will outlast God’s love. mercy or faithfulness. Ever.
- Nothing in my past.
- No thing in my present.
- Not anything yet to come in the future.
“I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember,and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, His merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great Your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.” -Lamentations 3:19-24 MSG
Keep gripping Hope. He will never let go of you, ever.
And I don’t say that lightly, friend.
I have experienced the sudden trauma of a loved one attempting suicide on each side of the cross. I have lost loved ones to cancer, diabetes, heart issues – again, some as a believer, some not.
God walked closely with me through every loss after I decided to follow Him. They were no less painful, but I did not feel the weight of loss in the same way.
Without God carrying me through, the pain of loss before I knew Him was overwhelming. It left me depressed, depleted and drained.
When God carried me through, I was able to grasp the loss in a way that honored my feelings, without those feelings running my days. Hope was holding me tight, and I am so grateful that His faithfulness and love never strayed.
This week, I will share a few things I have learned about how to hold on to Hope when things aren’t going your way.