I love it when God does amazing, miraculous things. I love hearing stories of bodies being healed, resurrections, financial miracles, restorations – you name it. I’ve seen some of it with my own eyes and celebrated right along with them!
Yet there are times we go through life and things don’t seem so miraculous. Sometimes our bodies break down in various ways. Sometimes relationships crumble. Sometimes loved ones die. Sometimes there are more bills than money and we’re forced to choose what to pay and what not to pay. Sometimes our emotions get the best of us and we find ourselves just trying to stay out of a big black hole of despair.
So how do we respond in those times? How do we stay connected to the Father when everything is breaking down and we can’t seem to get our heads above water? What is the posture of our hearts in those seasons? I’ve been thinking about this lately. Choosing to stay positive – choosing to stay thankful – those are hard choices some days.
I know. I’ve failed miserably at making the right choice many, many times.
That’s why I love Scripture. Papa has given us so many wonderful examples of every day, ordinary people who chose to be thankful even when they had every right to be frustrated, let down, depressed, you name it.
Did you notice that verse I posted at the top of the post? David penned that one. In case you aren’t aware, David was a very vocal person. The Psalms give us a really good inside look at how David’s mind worked through any given emotion he was experiencing. It’s my favorite book, seriously. That man kept it real. And I can appreciate that so much. One minute he was all “gloom, despair, and agony on me.” The next minute he’s pouring out how amazing God is and how thankful he is even for the rough times.
I love that man.
He’s my hero.
And not because he was a king.
And not because he did great things for God.
I love him simply because he was real. He was transparent.
And somehow, that made him a man that God said was after His own heart.
You can pour over the Psalms and see time and again David lifting himself out of the pit of despair simply by praising God, by remembering God’s deeds, by remembering the miraculous things God had done for him and his country/nation.
In Psalm 77, after pouring his heart out about how bad things had gotten, even Asaph, one of David’s choir directors, reminds himself of the remedy for those “down in the dumps” times.
Once again I’ll go over what God has done,
lay out on the table the ancient wonders;
I’ll ponder all the things you’ve accomplished,
and give a long, loving look at your acts.
Psalm 77:11-12 (The Message)
Lately as we’ve been adjusting to our new way of life – moving to a new city, leaving behind our community of friends and support, transitioning into church planting, trying to connect with complete strangers and make new friends, and adjusting to a change in our financial situation, it’s easy to allow myself times of “Woe is me. This is hard. Help! I’m sad. I’m frustrated. I’m weary.”
And it’s okay. It’s okay to have yucky moments. But I don’t want to dwell there. I don’t want to stay in the pit. I want to be like David. I want to spend the hours in grateful reflection of all God has done for me – of who He is in my life – of where He brought me from. I want to remind myself of what He has done for us, remember His faithfulness, the miraculous times we’ve experienced, His goodness all the days of our lives.
Do you know what happens when we spend time reflecting on His goodness toward us? Our spirits are lifted. Our faith increases. We have strength to endure whatever comes our way because we know that He is always faithful. How do we know? We have proof of the many times before He has been there for us, delivered us, protected us, provided for us!
So, when you’re feeling that life isn’t fair, maybe you’re not sure how you’re gonna pay those bills, or maybe you are just tired from all of the drama, the frustrations and the seemingly endless days of no good news – when you’re there, I hope you remember.
I hope you remember that He’s there for you even when everyone else lets you down.
I hope you remember that He will keep you in perfect peace as you dwell on Him.
I hope you remember that He has come through for you in the past and will do it again.
I hope you remember that above all of that, He wants to be in the most amazing relationship with you and is just waiting on you to jump in!
I hope you remember.