Hope in the Storm

Where to Turn for Comfort

I became a Christian a decade ago. Luckily, I never believed that it would take away all of my troubles. I sure had my share of problems since. And of course, I’m not the only one. Every Christian has a load to bear. Yet, we have a hope that there is a purpose in our pain and that this life is not all there is. We know that our struggles are only for a while.

A Story of Hardship

That said, there are times when it feels like it’s too much to bear and too hard to humanly carry on. My good friend Emily knows that well. One cold Canadian evening, she was home preparing dinner for herself. She thought she’d treat herself to french fries. Comfort food goes a long way when the sun sets early and life around looks gray, from the sky to the dirty snow to the frozen… everything.

She put a pot on the stove and poured some oil in it, and waited for it to get hot enough before throwing in the julienned potatoes. The oil heated up faster than expected and started releasing smokes in the kitchen. With fear of a possible fire making her blood curl, she grabbed the pot on the stove and hurried toward the exit. She quickly climbed up the stairs leading to her yard thinking that laying the pot in the cold snow would quickly take care of the problem.

When her soft cotton socks met with the wooden, polished stairs as she ran up, she slipped, tripped, and fell on her back. The pan slid out of her hands, flipping upside down, pouring the burning oil on her arm and part of her leg.

You can imagine the rest.

Very hard times were ahead of her as she would go through the trauma and excruciating pain. Then would begin the healing process. She often explains that this was one of the most traumatic and difficult times of her life, and that hope often seemed to be eluding her. Every little step she took forward sucked every last bit of her strength. During those days, she’d often tell me how she couldn’t even pray.

What Hope? – When It’s Hard to Pray

Do you have moments when you go through stuff that seem to seal your lips? When your heart feel like it is being trampled and your head is threatening to explode. You may be going through such a time right now.

A time when all you want to say to is:

I cry out to God; yes, I shout.
Oh, that God would listen to me!
When I was in deep trouble,
I searched for the Lord…
I think of God, and I moan,
overwhelmed with longing for his help.
You don’t let me sleep.
I am too distressed even to pray!

If this is how you feel, it’s okay to be mad. It’s okay to wonder what you’ve done to deserve this. It’s okay to feel discouraged, and to let him know. Go ahead and cry, baby. It’s okay to not have it all together. God can carry you through it. Focus on who He is, just like the author of the psalm:

But then I recall all you have done, O Lord;
I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
You are the God of great wonders!

Boldness That Heals

It takes boldness to hope when misery seems all around us, but declaring the Word of God in your difficulties has a way of strengthening the soul, it may be the beginning of your healing:

Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.

This situation may feel like hell on earth, but God will usher you into a place of quiet peacefulness. Give him your heart, he knows what to do with it.

If this is you today, if you find yourself in that difficult spot, I want to pray for you.

Father, for my brother and sister who is suffering, I pray to you today. You know their deepest longing, pain and thoughts. Hear the cry of their hearts when their mouths can no longer form the words. Touch their lives, O merciful God! Give them peace, refresh their spirit, renew their strength, give them courage, patience and resilience. Give them a new hope. Make them feel your overwhelming love and faithful presence.

In Jesus’ name

If that’s not you, but someone you know, feel free to share this article with them, and pray.

Let’s encourage one another. Share a testimony or prayer request in the comments below!

Read also: Showing Jesus in the Fire

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