When we think of life changing events, most likely we think of unwanted negativity to our lives: A devastating health issue, the bankruptcy of financial loss, or death of a loved one, which produces intense sorrow. To make matters worse, the event is coupled with our helplessness for comfort and resolution. Even so, there are blessings that come from the seasons of darkness and the isolation of loneliness.
The realization that we need divine intervention at all times only happens in the times of loss. It is in our brokenness that God’s love and omnipotent power are unleashed without restraint. In our times of sorrow, we finally admit that we must turn to God for help. Remember, we were created for total dependency on God.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17
In humility, we make the immediate response to fervently pray and ask for God’s divine intervention. Knowledge of God’s promises during intense heartaches provide a foundation of hope. So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11. The result is receiving strength to move forward and to keep going. God guarantees His words can never fail, nor could they ever be empty promises.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19. God promises to heal our brokenness while preparing us to receive our reward of eternal life. When we faithfully pray despite our challenges, placing complete faith and trust in God, we receive comfort, hope and strength from the Holy Spirit.
Trusting God through the bad and the ugly builds resilience and perseverance. Through the arid desert of trials and sorrows, there is a river flowing bringing the goodness, peace, and joy from Jesus Christ.
Lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the world. Matthew 28:20
Prayer: God, we come to you, not feeling our best. Still, we place our faith and trust in you. Heal our brokenness and give us strength to endure through our trials. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. © 2021 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers Ministry