Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Faith, Hope, and Love

As I'm writing this (on Saturday), I'm on one of the darkest paths of my life.  My friends and I have been praying fervently that I would see the light at the end of the tunnel.  But still ... darkness.

I know I'm in good company when I can relate to the words of David in Psalm 6:
My soul is in anguish.
How long, O LORD, how long?
Psalm 13, as well:
How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
Here's the question:  Can I also relate to these words from Psalm 13?
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
for he has been good to me.
My heart rejoices?  Really?  Can I say that at this very moment?

YES!

Even though I'm still walking in darkness ... even though it's exceedingly difficult to accept No or Wait as an answer ... I can trust in His unfailing love.  I see it every day.
  1. I see it through my husband, who holds me and supports me.  He doesn't understand--any more than I do--why I'm crying, but he loves me through it all.
  2. I see it through my son, who hugs me and tries to make me laugh when he knows I feel sad.
  3. I see it through my friends--in "real life" and online--who call or send email to ask how I'm doing. These friends pray for me when I'm down and rejoice with me when I'm up.
  4. I see it when I'm reading the Bible. Our God is a God of hope, and His Word reflects that. When I read, I see countless reminders of His promises and His faithfulness.
  5. I see it when I remember how good He has been to me along the way.  I just searched my blog for previous posts on hope and the promises of God, and I found at least five:
Is it easy to endure the darkness?  Oh, definitely not.  But I know that God has a plan, even though I don't know what that plan is.  And in His mercy--and yes, His unfailing love--He has given me His Word, His promises, and "Jesus in skin."

So yes,
... I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
for he has been good to me.
How has He been good to you?

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7 comments :

  1. I know of nothing I can say but that I understand and I am glad God's got your back. The most amazing thing is looking back and seeing so very clearly what you knew and believed but didn't always see so clearly when walking in the dark.

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  2. I am so sorry that you are still dealing with this. I wish I had words to say that could make it all better. I am praying.

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  3. Melissa - I can relate. I'm glad though that we have hope.

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  4. Beautiful post. True, lovely and hopeful. There may be darkness that you see, but there's definitely light within your heart. I love how honest and open you are with sharing. Take good care. Smooches and hugs.

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  5. I'm not sure what "darkness" you are speaking of, but please know that I am praying for you tonite. I love that this blogging thing brings sisters in Christ together thru prayer even tho we have never met in person! I don't know where you live, nor anything about your personal life but GOD KNOWS YOU and LOVES YOU..this you know...keep clinging to His promises...His Word is TRUE and He will embrace you in all of your seasons.......blessings and hugs....

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  6. Hi Melissa, It's Tuesday so your dark Saturday has come to pass and my prayer is that some light has shown through since then. For those who love, darkness is temporary. Each has their own darkness and I rejoice seeing your hope and faith. In sharing your hope and faith amidst your temporary, deepest darkness, what you may not realize is your are the light for others. &dagger
    God Bless You ; ♥

    To date, God has provided for our every need, and I am humbly thankful for His steadfast love.

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  7. I've been blessed with wonderful friends and family that keep me motivated.

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