A lot of my friends are atheist. A lot of them say that if God truly loved us, He wouldnt allow war or suffering or terrible troubles. A lot of them have given up faith and believe that man is in control of everything.
While i disagree, i know what they mean. I’ve lost faith countless times, i’ve doubted much more. But i know that at the end of the day, He is there.
As Joel Osteen said, “We all face challenges and difficult times. God doesn’t send these storms, but it’s in times of difficulty that we grow and become stronger. It is an opportunity to allow God’s Word to come alive in your life and see you through to victory. You can’t run from everything that’s hard in your life and expect God to deliver you immediately. God uses these challenges to stretch you and enlarge your vision. Remain faithful during your time of adversity. Make up your mind to serve God no matter what comes against you, and God will honor you. Remember God will not waste anything you go through in life. Simply remain faithful and fight life through. In God’s appointed time, He will promote you to new levels of victory, and you’ll live that abundant life that He has promised you!”
Whenever i have found myself in a storm and trying to fight it out, i sometimes forget that maybe God wants me to be in that storm to remind me that He is there. To embrace me and assure me that we will fight the storm together. To shield me from the mighty wind so that i don’t give up because my destination is just ahead. So that He can walk with me and heal my heart. He is there.
When I feel my prayers go unanswered and my surmounting problems will never end, I simply thank Him for everything that is already there and surrender my pain, for He is there.
And even though at times, I feel that God puts me through these trials because He knows i’m strong enough to get through it, i feel let down. I feel broken but then I realize He’s breaking me so I can allow Him to heal me. It’s only when I am broken that i turn to Him and rely on His strength and power and healing. He is there.
When I cry out to him, i don’t always understand everything I am going through but I know He values me and He is in control and He has a plan for me. Even if what i want i never achieve, I know His ways are better and even when all my friends desert me, He is there.
This is love. This is the love He shows me. With His love in my heart, i can love others. I can bring love to them and to those who so desperately need it in this disparaging world because He is there.
I will not give up what i believe in, what i aim for and what i have prayed for. Most important i will not stop trusting Him. There isnt a teardrop He doesnt see, never a moment He doesnt care, never a prayer He doesnt hear. He is there.
I know that the pain i go through everyday is the place that i need the most healing. And when i feel the pain and i am aware and feel it calm down, i know everything will be alright because He is there.
Whatever my cross, whatever my pain, even if i stumble or fall, He will hear it. Whenever i feel that i cant bear the pain, i know He is there.
All i know is that if you’re going through the same – Hang in there, know that this phase is temporary. Yes, it feels terrible. Yes, it hurts your heart, your soul but remember no feeling stays with us forever. Wait out the rough weather, it will pass.
He is there.