22 Jan Surviving the Storm
***originally written in Oct./Nov. of 2018. posted on Jan. 22, 2019.
I have been stuck in this storm of a season for what feels like forever. It’s not easy, I’ve been suffocating. This is the most difficult season of life I’ve ever had to endure. Satan has used people and things that I originally thought were blessings, turned around and transformed them into knives to stab my soul mentally, emotionally, and physically. But, Satan can’t sink the ship that he doesn’t sail.
The lord brings me so much peace, knowing that the hardships, sadness, and treacherous events we experience here on Earth won’t exist in heaven. In fact, we won’t even remember the hardships and we will never think of them.
— Isaiah 65:20-21
In heaven, babies won’t die after only a few days of life. Old folks don’t die of old age, these are just events of Earth, not heaven. There’s no more pain, sadness, or sorrow. There will be thriving, laughter joy, peace, and happiness, the fruits of the spirit will prosper.
in darkness rather than light;
again and again, all day long.
and has broken my bones.
with bitterness and hardship.
like those long dead.
he has weighed me down with chains.
he shuts out my prayer.
he has made my paths crooked.
like a lion in hiding,
and left me without help.
and made me the target for his arrows.
with arrows from his quiver.
they mock me in song all day long.
and given me gall to drink.
he has trampled me in the dust.
I have forgotten what prosperity is.
and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”
the bitterness and the gall.
and my soul is downcast within me.”
This is the prayer of an afflicted individual, and his or her feelings are being honestly poured out God, brought to his feet. The writer wishes for comfort and direction in this difficult season of darkness. Suffering humbles us along with our hearts, and we must either depend on God or sink. It was comforting me for me to discover this scripture and know that my feelings were valid. The writer, possibly Jeremiah, also felt the same things that I have and my feelings are valid. It’s ok to be frustrated and upset with God, but you can’t lie to him about your emotions. You bring your emotions to his feet and process them together, as you’re never alone.
There is so much hope in Jesus and scripture, my friends!!