I can’t find a job. I’m behind on every single bill that I have because I can’t find a job. Groceries are getting scarce, and my children need some new (almost never name-brand) clothes for school. The shouting matches between my wife and I could wake the dead…BECAUSE of the financial difficulties…BECAUSE I can’t find a job. Our economy is getting worse by the day, which is WHY I can’t find a job. Sickness. Tragedy. Stress. Any of this sound familiar to you out there? Can any of you relate to the struggles of life? If you can’t, bless you! If you can, I will add you to my prayers. For that’s what we’re supposed to do for our brothers and sisters when they struggle. We are to pray.
“Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given to you by the Holy Spirit. Pray that I will be rescued from those in Judea who refuse to obey God. Pray also that the believers there will be willing to accept the donation I am taking to Jerusalem. Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other.”
For the last few months, our family has been going through a lot of these struggles that I named above. Though I am working now (thank You, Jesus!), it was pretty rough around here for a while. Though we still have a long way to go, we know that there is a light (however dim) at the end of the tunnel. These pains have been playing havoc on everything in our lives, especially our faith. Add to them that we are still trying to find our way through the loss of our daughter in March of last year, and you have one heck of a bumpy road. It’s easy to lose sight of Him when you’re up against it. It’s easy to turn your sights inward, on your struggles, instead of keeping your eyes on the heavens…to keep searching for His beautiful face in the midst of the storm.
This post isn’t going to be a long one. I just felt it on my heart to let you know that, no matter what you are going through right now, it’s not too big for God to handle. Am I writing this for me as much as I am for you? Probably. Will it be hard for me to practice what I preach? Definitely. The enemy would rather I dwell in the low places and lose everything in the process. And I will struggle. At least I KNOW that I will…and “knowing is half the battle” (thank you, G.I. Joe :D).
I will continue to pray for me and my family, but as I do, I will pray for you, too. I will pray that God brings you through whatever your struggle. I will pray that He brings you His strength, peace and mercy. I will pray for His comfort to wrap you in its warmth, like that of a brightly burning fire on a cold winter’s day. I will pray…and I ask for you to do the same.
Please take a moment to comment with a prayer request. I DESPERATELY want to include you in my prayers. We will ALL be blessed for it…