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Two Ways To View Your Problems
February 22, 2017
I recently went on a run and snapped this picture.
There wasn’t any particular reason for it, I was just looking for things to take pictures of. Later on as I was going through my camera roll I felt God say, "How are you viewing the devastation in your life?” I then saw this picture in two different lights.
First, it reminded me of a messy and wounded life. Before life takes a toll on us, our hearts are beautiful, untouched, and serene.Similar to the desert in the image below.
But after we experience life, our hearts can become tattered and torn. After all, we are only human and we live in a fallen world. Unspeakable things happen everyday and I believe God's heart breaks more than we know. Many times we wonder, “Where is God?", “How could he let this happen to me?", “How can I move on?”, but we need to remember that we live in a world where everyone makes choices good or bad that effects those around them.
God said He will never leave us or forsake us. Though we walk through hell He is walking besides us, carrying us.
"For the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
The second way I saw the image was more positive. The ditch looks bad at first but when you understand the reason for it, you might view the image differently. The ditch was made for diverting rainfall and so it serves a purpose. Similarly, your “mess" can have meaning and God can turn your problem into a promise. What we may not realize is that He is preparing us for future storms.
How do you view the devastation in your life? Are you looking at it with a sense of purpose and promise? Are you believing that God can and will work out all things for your good?
"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them."
"He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair."
Isaiah 61:3 NLT
God promises us beauty, joy, and blessings. He does care for us and He understands our pains.
"He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem."
Isaiah 53:3 NIV
We tend to forget that He walked as a man on this earth. He encountered pain and sorrows. He experienced the burden of the cross which brought with it not only physical suffering but emotional and spiritual suffering as well. He was forsaken by His Heavenly Father and bore the sins of this world all at the same time.
Today know that we can find comfort in Jesus, the man of sorrows. One day we will be free of the pains of this world but we can also have comfort that Jesus is with us now. He understands you. He feels with you!
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
I pray this encourages you!
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