Someone reminded me that prayer should be a conversation, not a list. So, last night I talked with the Lord.
I must admit, I had a list…the brokenness I see around me, and the heartache I feel for others…there’s so much, there are so many…it becomes a list. But as I plead with God, as I prayed for healing and answers, I found myself asking something different. “What can I do, Lord?” “How can I act differently?” “What can I say, Lord?” “Will it always be so hard?”
And that’s when my prayer became a conversation…when I began to ask, and listen. God spoke.
“When they have clung to me, they have all come out on the other side of the fire.”
And it came to me. Each person I had prayed for had great struggles in their lives, terrible heartache and fears. Many are still in the midst of those struggles. But each day, they had prayed, believed and hoped. Each day, through tears and turmoil, they had clung to God. And each day had passed. Some, can look back and say, “I made it through that trial and I saw God bring blessing out of pain.” Some can only say, “I made it through this day and I don’t know the answers, but I know the one who does,”
But I know that every one of them, each friend, each family member, each stranger…each one that clings to faith in God, in Jesus…comes to a better place. God can take turmoil, grief, fear, shame… and bring blessing out of pain.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” I Peter 5:10
Hold on, Hold on to His love…hold on. When you are weak, He is strong….hold on to His love, hold on.