Lately, it seems awfully easy to look around and see all of the awful things that are happening in our world. Fires are raging wild, videos are revealing acts just heartbreaking and people and their confessions just add confusion and disappointment to it all.
And it’s a bit hard to handle and a bit hard to hold all at once. And sometimes the challenges and the struggle and the uncertainty hits even closer to home. As I write tonight, friends from Michigan are at Devos Children’s Hospital with their sweet baby boy. I prayed throughout the day as I followed updates of a hospital stay with tests and doctors and lots of activity, but little explanation for the pain that their baby is going through. I thought of the worries and the stress and my heart went out to them as I thought of how difficult this past day must have been for them.
And I think that if life was only bad news and suffering how hard that would be to keep on keeping on. But thankfully, I know that no matter what happens, I can live each day with faith and with hope. I have faith, that God cares for each one of us. I have faith that God holds this great big world in his loving hands. I don’t know why there is so much suffering, but I do know that God can work good through it all.
I know that amidst the ugly, there is so much beauty in this world. I know that even though fires may rage wild, that God controls the winds and the waves and those fires as well. I know that even though unspeakable suffering happens every day, that God also works good into those situations. And for all those that do horrible things, there are also so many that do wonderful things. I know that even through people will let us down, that God remains faithful. And I know that my dear friends know and love and trust God and that He will care for them and their sweet baby.
As I’ve written before, it’s easy to look around and see only the pain and the suffering. It’s easy to dwell on all of the awful things that are happening in our world. But it’s always so best to look up and to be able to know and trust that God remains in control. That He will work good and that He loves us and will care for us no matter the challenges that we face. In times like these, I stand firm knowing the truth that is found in Psalm 28:7 which says so firmly that, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and He helps me.” God promises to give us strength for the struggles and to be our shield and protector. It’s our job to continue to trust Him and to be ready to stand firm in His help.