“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
When a friend received some devastating news about a loved one who had chosen to walk down a dangerous and tragic pathway, her response to the tragedy was even in the midst of the sadness utterly inspiring and bears a message for us all.
She did three things that I believe would be awesome, instrumental, and crucial for every single one of us to do when we face tough news, tough times, tough challenges, tough circumstances, tough anything at all. Not to mention when we face anything at all – good or bad.
* She cried out to God almighty through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and poured out her heart to Him and prayed her heart out to Him for wisdom and for help for her loved one.
* She went to God’s Word, the Bible, and dug deep and hard in search of the scriptures, messages, and wisdom the Lord wanted to give her in what she faced.
* She turned to Christ’s Body, beginning with one Christ follower she could trust, in this case myself, and poured out her heart, her need for prayer for herself and her loved one, and for love, support, and encouragement.
She couldn’t sleep the first night after she received the hard news. But rather than toss and turn all night and whine and complain over her lack of sleep, she took the time to seek the Lord in prayer and in His Word.
She wrote down scriptures and prepared for the battle ahead. She didn’t make the hard news about herself and how hard it was for her. She made the hard news about her loved one and the dire need for her to pray for this person.
This friend of mine who faced the tragic news went to war. She turned to her commander in chief, Jesus, and she turned to her battle plan, God’s Word, and she turned to a fellow soldier to ensure she would not fight alone. She knew she would turn to other fellow soldiers, other fellow Christ followers, as time went on.
My friend didn’t allow herself to get swallowed up by the tragic news. She would have given in to the devil if she had. Instead, she put her trust in the hands of sweet Jesus and knew that the Spirit of God would lead her forth.
Is there not a lesson in this for all of us, in all things, all the time, and especially in our tough times, in our times of battle?
* CRY OUT TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
* DIVE INTO GOD’S WORD
* REACH OUT TO CHRIST’S BODY
Facing something tough? May my friend’s response to what she faced be an inspiration to you and to me. Not just in the tough times. But in all times, may we cry out to Jesus, dig deep into His Word, and reach out to our fellow Christ followers.
ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!!!