Practical Messages for Impractical Times
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown… Isaiah 43:2
Imagine never being disappointed by broken promises or changing circumstances. The reality is even with careful planning, we can never fully be in control of our lives. We endure many unexpected changes, and some of these changes are so devastating, they push us to the edge.
Even though we may not have the necessary problem-solving skills or resources, something amazing happens when we are faced with life changing events. We begin to focus on options that will alleviate or resolve the problem. We feel hopeful that we can move forward and that our situation will be short-term with a quick resolve.
What happens when there are additional stressors such as failed solutions; no viable solutions; or limited resources which change the status of the problem to long-term (ongoing). When we have given our best, and the outcome did not match our expectations, our emotions escalate and push us into a crisis mode.
When we are in a crisis, we are forced to see our limitations. There is no situation or problem that God can not take care of. Our responsibility is to approach the Throne of Grace with humility and prayer. God already knew our situation would arise. In faith, we ask God for His will to be done. God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. It is up to us to wait patiently for God’s resolution.
Dear God: Only you know the brokenness that I feel because of my present circumstances. Please help me to have faith and wait for your solution for my problem. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz