“We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything
to work toward something good and beautiful
when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.”
Romans 8:28 (VOICE)
Do you know certain individuals who can always take the “lemons” in life and make lemonade ~ those people who can seemingly make the best out of the worst situations? You may wonder how they do it. How can they possibly keep a smile on their face and joy in their heart when their world seems to be falling apart? It’s likely that those individuals have a quiet confidence from within ~ the confidence that their Heavenly Father is orchestrating everything in their lives ~ even the bad things ~ to create a beautiful masterpiece.
Let’s face it, life’s not always perfect. No one is immune to the imperfections of this world. Things happen. Mistakes are made. Accidents occur. Tragedy strikes. Relationships fall apart. Diseases spread. Bad decisions lead to terrible outcomes. But regardless of the situation, the Master Craftsman promises His children that He is able to pick up the broken pieces and fashion them into something good and lovely. He is able to take the problems and difficulties in your life and use them for your benefit. Trust that His wisdom is sufficient to weave every detail of your life (both good and bad) into a beautiful pattern, transforming you more into His likeness. As your trust in Him grows, you will spend less time looking backward, wishing things could be different, and more time looking ahead with hope and anticipation of the future He is preparing for you.
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7
The Lord helps the fallen
and lifts up those bent beneath their loads.
Psalm 145:14 (NLT)
As I awaited departure for my flight home, I worried that my trip would be delayed or cancelled due to the ominous appearance of the brewing winter storm. The dark, billowing clouds matched my dreary mood. Thankfully, the flight took off as scheduled, and we ascended through the turbulent mass of clouds. For a while, I saw nothing out of my window seat view except gray wisps of thick foggy vapor mixed with icy rain droplets streaking across my window. As the plane punched through the cloud ceiling and reached its cruising altitude, I was blinded by the glorious light of the setting sun. My spirit instantly brightened, and it amazed me to think about the stark contrast of this majestic site above the cloud canopy, compared to the gloomy conditions below.
This experience reminded me of how often we allow burdensome circumstances in life to weigh us down and make us feel that we are “bent beneath our loads.” Our outlook is gloomy because we only focus on the worrisome details of our lives, and we lose sight of the fact that the Son is up above us watching over every moment of our day. He cares about our burdens and wants to lift us up and give us a new perspective.
“In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came to His ears. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under His feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness His canopy around Him— the dark rain clouds of the sky. Out of the brightness of His presence bolts of lightning blazed forth. He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters.” 2 Samuel 22:7,10-13,17
Your distress might be in the form of financial struggles, a health crisis, career concerns, parenting issues, addiction battles or relationship strife. But regardless of what load you are carrying, it can be overwhelming. God listens to each whispered prayer, and your cry for help reaches His ears –He loves you and He wants to help. He will lift up those bent beneath their load. He doesn’t always completely remove the burden, but by lifting your focus from doom and gloom to His majestic glory, your soul is strengthened, and you will have renewed stamina to keep moving forward.
“…the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.”
Psalm 146:8 (NIV)
The Lord is the light of my salvation-
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life-
Of whom shall I be afraid?
Though an army besiege me,
My heart will not fear,
Though war break out against me,
Even then will I be confident.
Psalm 27: 1, 3
God does not lack the power to bring order to a chaotic world…or a chaotic life. You may not be engaged in a physical war, but you may feel besieged by a battle you are facing in your personal life. Your struggle could be a medical crisis, a relational rift, a financial stress or an internal trial. Regardless of which type of war is breaking out against you, you can find the strength to endure by placing your trust in the One who is the light of your salvation and the stronghold of your life. With God by your side, you can face any situation with courage and confidence…and without fear.