Love through Devastation
God’s love for us is greater than our circumstances, greater than our trials. His faithfulness is never ending and empowers us to endure the best, as well as the worst, of times. Yes, our God can, and many times does, deliver us from pain and sorrow and circumstances out of our control. On the other hand, there are times when our Lord lets us endure and be strengthened for and through adversity and what seems to be devastation.
Rom 8:38-39 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Some years ago, one of our closest sister-friends was diagnosed with a disease called Multiple Sclerosis (M.S). Our sister friend lives with our other sister because the doctors said she could no longer work or drive. All of a sudden, her life was turned upside down. It devastated her to “not be able to do her job.” She took such pride in her work and was very good and respected in the work place. In a way, she got much of her self-worth from her job. After all, she spent at least 8 hours per day in the corporate setting and was paid “to do a good job.” Now, to be released from those responsibilities and told she was “incapable,” was like throwing ice water in her face. Though her mind was slowing, her heart was, and is, still in tact. As a family, we sadly watched the changes that took place in our now oldest sister. Her thinking and reasoning changed, her short-term memory is minimal, her confidence diminished, her attention span dissipated, and her physical and emotional balance went off-kilter.
She has been faced through the years with getting bitter or remaining thankful. She has times of pain, anger, frustration and bitterness but when you have a real conversation with her, you find in the depth of her heart a place of gratitude.
What about you? What about me? When devastation comes, how do we respond? Do we love? Do we hate? Do we turn back from Him?
Father, help us to remain thankful through every situation and trust You to show Your goodness in the land where we are living in Jesus name.
to be continued…
Pray with me – Help me God to remain steadfast in You when all hell breaks through in my life. Help me to love you and love others through devastation and help me to keep my heart right in Jesus name.
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