National headlines this past week have been discouraging. Local news is disheartening. Physical sickness. Devastating tragedies. Precious lives lost overseas. I look around and see all too clearly that this is a broken world we live in, full of broken people. It’s been a hard season for all of us.
I can’t help but wonder how much we have to celebrate. Is there a celebration to be held here? Where is the joy here? Where is the hope? To be honest, I’d rather bury my head in the sand and hide from it all. Sometimes I think, I’ll run to the caves and hunt for my food and live a hermit until Jesus comes or I die.
But at church service this past Sunday I got a much-needed reminder that God is so much bigger than all the other stuff we’re dealing with. Just because we don’t always understand why certain things happen the way they do doesn’t mean we’ve been abandoned. I think it was Mother Theresa who said that “there is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”
In other words? God is still here, even in the midst of darkness, and even when we can’t see him. God is bigger than our brokenness.
As Pastor Vance Havner explained, “God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.”
It is easy to feel, in the midst of suffering or heartbreak, like we’ve been abandoned and left to fend for ourselves. But we haven’t. God not only promises to never leave us or forsake us but assures us, under no uncertain terms, that his power is made perfect in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
After all, we are weak but He is strong.
I feel like today is a good day we might just need a little more hope from Jesus. And so, my challenge for you this week is to cling to the promise of grace by running back to God, even when the going gets rough. Especially when the going gets rough. Stand firm in the knowledge that just because you might not be able to see the light right now, doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Too often we look for the light at the end of the tunnel that we lose sight Jesus is the light IN the tunnel. Sit in the discomfort no matter how uncomfortable it is because as we do, we see Jesus sits in the discomfort with us, and he will bring us through it no matter how short or long it is.
I’ll be praying for you.