Sometimes we feel like we are swimming alone in the ocean of our own troubles and sorrows. I’m here to share that sometimes we have to look for the mercies of God on purpose.
Mercies can be as small as this beautiful sunflower that volunteered to grow in my garden this year.
Surrounded by mercies great and small we still feel alone on this journey!
It’s true in a way. No one human can fully understand the unique challenges each of us face. “The heart knows its own bitterness.”
Families facing disabling health issues are each truly unique. Pain levels differ. Meds differ. Finances differ. The level of challenge differs! Solutions that work for one will not work for another.
What is not unique is that sorrow and trouble chase us all during our time on planet earth. “In this world you will have tribulation.”
Some folks seem to get off scott-free. If we’re fair, we will admit we have no idea what sorrows they actually have lived through or will yet face. Tragedy smacks us in the face every time we see even a small bit of news.
“And I will pray the Father, and He WILL give you another Counselor, that He may be WITH you forever: the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, for it does not see Him, neither does it know Him.” John 14:16-17
Jesus is speaking to His disciples and, truly, all who would yet become His disciples.
It is the last teaching He gave them before going to the cross to lay down His life to atone for sin.
He knew they would be sad and afraid! He knew they would feel alone — perhaps forsaken.
His heart of compassion shines through yet again.
He leaves them with the most amazing and wonderful of promises! Through the Spirit’s ministry and indwelling, they would never be alone in their struggles. Beautiful, merciful Savior!
His Spirit is one of our greatest mercies. Counselor, Guide, Comforter, Intercessor, Helper — these are some of the key roles this often-forgotten member of the Trinity works in your life and mine.
Do you ever wonder how to pray for a situation that seems so hopeless and impossible that you have no idea what or how to pray?
We often fall back on the grand promise of Romans 8:28 that “all things work together for good to those who love God…”
Wait! Back up a few verses: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know what to pray for as we ought but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. he who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
Are things so hard and crazy confusing that you don’t even know how to pray? The Spirit has you covered in Divine prayers.
Are you out of options? Your groans and sorrows are not hidden from Him.
Whatever your struggle, dear sister in Christ, let’s stake our claim on His mercies this week.
I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord; be strong, and may your heart be stout; wait on the Lord.”
Sounds kinda like a Romans 8:28, doesn’t it? Only it’s actually Psalm 27:13-14.
When you hang out in the Psalms, you find lots of relevant prayers to fuel your conversations with God, even if you just sigh and groan and praise along with the Psalmist.
Like me, maybe this verse has been your prayer? ” Turn to me, and be gracious to me for I am isolated and afflicted.” Ps. 26:16
Chronic illness brings a lot of crazy to all of our lives, right?
I believe…I am not forsaken! His Spirit is with me on the days I just groan.
How about you?
I know I’ve missed a few weeks blogging, but I’m committed to encouraging words wherever I can find them and fit them in. Hugs and groaning prayers for you, too, cause I really don’t know what you need.