[Andrea] Many of you know the valley I’ve walked through in the past few months. You have seen my brokenness. You have walked alongside me in my despair, and have spoken Truth into my life. More than once, you’ve charged me with these words, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
As I press onward–as I walk out of my wilderness and into the Light–I have been intentional in my time of meditation. I have chosen to be still; to be present. I have allowed my heavenly Father to cover me in Truth, in love, and in grace. Oh, the immense peace that comes in accepting these things from Him! I have been blessedly overwhelmed.
In the midst of this glory, however, I have been made painfully aware of my lack of faith rooted in Truth. We serve a God that is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. Am I not but a mere human with a feeble mind? I find myself wondering, if God were to have laid out another path for me–if He had chosen the even more difficult path–could I still proclaim, “blessed be Your name”?
We are not promised good things in this life. We are promised suffering. (1 Peter 4) So why is it that we, as Christ-followers, name our God as “faithful” only when our prayers are answered in our favor? What shall we call Him when we experience real suffering? When our marriage is falling apart, we suffer the loss of a child, our home is foreclosed on, or we receive the diagnosis we prayed so hard against? Is our God any less faithful in those moments?
“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8:28 (The Message)
I found my peace in this Scripture. This is Truth, friends. We can rest in this, for our God works all of these things–good, bad, and desperately miserable–into good for those who serve Him. We are not promised a life of ease and stability. We are promised absolute guidance, companionship, and peace in our Heavenly Father. We are promised grace for the moment.