when you find yourself in the depths of despair, He finds you there

There have been three key times in my life when I felt like I was in the depths of despair (and yes, the closest I can get to describing it into words references the movie the Princess Bride!) and to be honest, I didn’t think I would make it through to the other side.

One in particular knocked any ounce of pride or confidence completely out of me once and for all.

I have been thoroughly and utterly betrayed not once but twice by the same person, unexpectedly lost a loved one to a traumatic suicide, and been bedside sobbing in the middle of the night next to my sick child in the hospital.

Each of these was brutal on my emotions but the betrayal left me in the deepest pit imaginable. I was so upset, I lost my ability to form words or desire to sing for several hours. (This, for me, is the far end of extremely not like me.)

I honestly thought I would lose my mind, in trying to hold it together for my kids and I remember lying down on my bed and crying so hard that I lost my voice, could hardly breathe from the congestion.

I remember thinking, “Life as I know it is over.”

Just when I felt I couldn’t carry the weight of this situation any longer, God met me in that heart-wrenching moment.

He spoke words of comfort, love, true identity and clarity to me as He infused me with His peace. A peace I should not have experienced given my hurt. As He guided me to wise counsel, restoration and forgiveness. And I made it through, battered and scarred, but whole again.

Friend, I know there are moments in each of your lives which knock you off your feet and cause the tears to flow. May I encourage you to bring them to God, and wait and watch what He is going to do to meet you there.

It may not happen overnight, as some healing takes place over time, just like a major surgery. But God reminds us through the words of David that God is present and willing to step in and meet us right where we are, wherever we find ourselves, whether physically or emotionally.

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:1-3a

Worship to remind yourself that He will come to your rescue, as He gives you a new song to sing out of your heartache:

“Came to My Rescue” – Hillsong Worship – https://youtu.be/rWPABE3gycs

#hopefortheharddays #hopeinHisPresence

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