Her voice at the other end of the phone gasped for breath
as she shared with me the painful story of her husband’s sudden leaving.
My heart ached as I listened to her story.
Whether you’re dealing with marriage difficulties,
sudden illness, grief and loss, relationship struggles, etc.
they oftentimes can leave you gasping for breath
with no idea where to turn.
Where is the hope when your world is turned upside down?
Where can you turn when the bottom literally falls out of your lives?
What do you do when everything seems hopeless?
My mind wanders back a few years ago when life hit me with an unexpected jolt.
There was nothing to do – the storm hit before I knew what was happening.
Prayers were reduced to silent pleas for help
since I had no words.
No words at all.
But in the midst of the storm I remembered something.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble – Psalm 46:1
I could not see God. I heard no voices. Saw no writing in the sky.
But I knew He was with me. Right there. And I clung to Him as my Help in trouble.
Clung with everything I had.
Like an anchor in the midst of a literal storm
God held me and kept me safe.
One day at a time.
Muddling through. But never alone.
You see, it makes all the difference when you are experiencing difficulties
to know that you are not alone.
And that there is hope.
Matter of fact, even better than there being hope
He is our Hope.
Yes, then and everyday He continues to be my ever present Hope.
And as that broken woman reached out to me to pour out her wounded heart
and even in the telling she is anchored
I continue to pray to the One Who loves with an ever-lasting Love
and find the continual Anchor of my soul in Him.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10
Unchanging Help in a changing world
that stands immovable in the face of every storm.
Do you know Him as your Unchanging One in a changing world?