It seems like lately so many folks around me are experiencing some major trials. Heath related, life related, grief related, and it seems like it never stops, one after the other. I seem to be right in the middle of it all as a friend, comforter, and a person who is dealing with his own share of grief. I asked God tonight, "when will it stop?"
No answer was imminent except for this cold hard fact: who am I who has been given so much, been saved from himself and from much harm, to ever question God? And then, as if a bright light shown down from above, a solution (not an answer) flashed before me.........
Only not in the way you would think......................
Pray for your deliverance from the situation but also that the result would glorify God, and not necessarily make you feel better
Recognize that your situation is temporary. You will either find an earthly solution or join God and and a whole bunch of eternally happy people soon! Either way you win if you are a believer! If not, see the Y below.
Ask for help from your friends and family because they are God's earthly ambassadors to assist you in your time of need. If you have none, find a family of believers who have been to war, such as our ATB folks, and connect. On second thought find them even if you have family and friends, they will go to battle with you every day.
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. It's hard to be with somebody to protect you when you don't know each other. There is a period of time before a crisis when getting to know God, to find a relationship with his son, would be appropriate before saying this quote from the 23rd Psalm. Before your eventual termination date find this relationship, most churches will give you instructions how to do so. Say Yes to a relationship with the Lord.
If this seems rather blunt and to the point, remember that Jesus quoted this: I am the way, the truth and the light, no one comes to the Father except through me. He didn't say one of the ways, a possible way, or an emergency way, he said the way!
He is also the way when all of life hits the fan to deal with it. Instead of escaping it, running for cover or freaking out, the Lord has the way, the truth and the light to lead you out of the valley of the shadow of death, and lead you beside still waters. He will be with you.
This is what has comforted me in this very difficult time and I stand ready to help others who are going through it because the one who helped me is there for everyone. He loves us all, especially when we are broken........
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.