A couple of months ago, my husband and I were in one of the storms of life that was so unexpected. Coming back from vacation and BOOM, just like that, our entire world was turned upside down. I became a statistic and I’m thankful for Gavin’s message a couple of Sundays ago where he said that Jesus takes you from a statistic to sons and daughters. Man, did that speak to me! Regardless of what happened, I am a daughter of the king of kings and I can walk in authority because of that.
I remember driving back home one day and I was sobbing. Literal ugly cry, snot everywhere, puffy eyes and no tissue to be found in the car. I’m sure those driving around me thought I was losing it and quite honestly, I’ve never felt the pain I’ve felt at that moment.
But despite that, I did what I do when I don’t know what to do and that’s pray. My chest pounding and I heard, “The pain is real, but so am I. The heartache is real, but so am I.”
Psalm 34:18 came to my mind, “The LORD is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope.” The Lord was comforting me in that moment. He still does. He always has. At that moment and many times after that I’ve been discouraged, my heart was broken but He was near. He brought people and community in my path to encourage me and lift me up.
I say all this to say, I’m reminded of the story in Mark 9 when a father approached Jesus for healing, his son was demon possessed for years.
“But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us. Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’? Everything is possible for the one who believes.” Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe; help my unbelief!”” Mark 9:23-24 CSB
How many times do we approach God and tell him, if you can? I know I have been guilty of it. Everything is possible, just believe! Ask God to help you with your unbelief. We can’t always understand why something has happened but we can always trust that God will turn everything for his good.
Let me encourage you, God is still at work in your situation even if it doesn’t feel like it. The devil will do anything to distract you, believe a lie and lose hope. The devil came to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10) and that can be a calling on your life, your freedom, your marriage, your family, etc. Don’t give into that trap. Take every thought captive and align it to the word (2 Corinthians 10:5). There is power in our thoughts just like there is power in the words we speak.
There is no pain so real that God can’t heal. God can work with brokenness, He just doesn’t want you to stay there. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” Psalm 147:3.
By Karen Clatt