The Harvest Magazine
I chuckled that day. It surprised me. I had not laughed in nearly one month. In fact, the only thing I had done was cry. I cried when I woke up. I cried myself to sleep. I cried as I showered. I cried during my commute. I cried. But then the day I chuckled, I began to see my way through the tears. I thought the day would never come. I had felt so numb, so empty, and so alone…
[tweetthis]No matter what, God comes first. Always. That means He preempts even our deepest pains and sorrows. [/tweetthis]
Have you ever experienced a major loss or life crisis, and wondered where God was, or why He was allowing you to go through such pain? Through my many disappointments and moments of despair, I have learned that God is always with me. He meant it when He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Heartache is hard — sometimes the wallop of our emotional heart pains can pierce our existence enough to feel physical. Yet, God is with us through it all. He allows us to experience heartache, not because He likes to see us suffer, but because He wants to see us prosper and mature in Him. It is when we press through our pain to give Him glory despite ourselves that we get to the other side.
No matter what, God comes first. Always. That means He preempts even our deepest pains and sorrows. There have been days when I had to call on God every few minutes to get through the entire day. There have been days when I literally had to roll myself out of bed to fall to my knees to pray. Sure, I could’ve prayed while lying in bed, but I knew my victory lied with pushing myself to do the very thing I least wanted to do — push through adversity to focus on my Daddy God. Step by step, from glory to glory.
When we praise and worship the Lord, and allow Him to “arise” in our surroundings, the enemies of heaviness, depression, and mourning are forced to scatter (Psalm 68:1).
Ready to get out of that pain pit? Here’s how: Press into Him. Seek His face. Praise Him. Worship Him. Focus on His plan and His goodness rather than your pain. And soon enough a chuckle will sneak up on you, and you will laugh again. Keep pressing!!
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