Without my faith, I’m not sure what my life would be like today. There were times when I thought my heart was broken beyond repair. I’ve certainly done my share of crying over the years. There is a difference between crying out for God and simply crying. Hardships have struck so many in my family, including me. Sometimes I simply cry. When the pain is fierce, the tears come; likewise, when the joy is overwhelming the tears come.
But when hardship strikes, I don’t just simply cry…I also cry out for God. I cry out for His help, His healing and the hope He promises. Only through turning my burdens over to Him and laying them at His throne do I find the comfort I’m seeking.
Lamentations is the Book of biblical witness to suffering. Not one single person is exempt from suffering. God doesn’t promise our lives will not be filled with suffering, but the one thing we can know for sure is that He is walking with us during our times of anguish. If we cling tightly to His hand, He will lead us through it. In Him we have hope.
Lamentations 3: 25:32 (MSG)
“God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The ‘worst’ is never the worst. Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.”