Surviving the Storm

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. 

18 Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.”

    — Isaiah 43:18-19

In Isaiah, God tells us to forget the past and not to dwell in it. Each end is a new beginning; God is writing the next chapter, which has a new meaning. It’s a new season and the old one is over, it’s in the past. The lord makes a way and guides us in the new beginnings even if we don’t know where to step. 

17 17 See, I will create
    new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
    nor will they come to mind.”

    — Isaiah 65:17

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. 

20 20 Never again will there be in it
    an infant who lives but a few days,
    or an old man who does not live out his years;
the one who dies at a hundred
    will be thought a mere child;
the one who fails to reach a hundred
    will be considered accursed.
21 21 They will build houses and dwell in them;
    they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.”

    — 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. 

“1 I am the man who has seen affliction
    by the rod of the Lord’s wrath.

He has driven me away and made me walk
    in darkness rather than light;
indeed, he has turned his hand against me
    again and again, all day long.
He has made my skin and my flesh grow old
    and has broken my bones.
He has besieged me and surrounded me
    with bitterness and hardship.
He has made me dwell in darkness
    like those long dead.
He has walled me in so I cannot escape;
    he has weighed me down with chains.
Even when I call out or cry for help,
    he shuts out my prayer.
He has barred my way with blocks of stone;
    he has made my paths crooked.
10 Like a bear lying in wait,
    like a lion in hiding,
11 he dragged me from the path and mangled me
    and left me without help.
12 He drew his bow
    and made me the target for his arrows.
13 He pierced my heart
    with arrows from his quiver.
14 I became the laughingstock of all my people;
    they mock me in song all day long.
15 He has filled me with bitter herbs
    and given me gall to drink.
16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;
    he has trampled me in the dust.
17 I have been deprived of peace;
    I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 So I say, “My splendor is gone
    and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
    the bitterness and the gall.

20 I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.”
    — Lamentations 3:1-20

“He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship. He has made me dwell in darkness… I have been deprived of peace..

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!!

xx, God Bless,

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