I picked this flower on my walk. It had been a hard few days after receiving some news that had me praying for God to do the impossible.
Ever been there?
As I walked, I looked closely at this little flower – a creation that is here today and gone tomorrow. I marveled at its perfect symmetrical shape, the layered “3D” flower within a flower design. The colors perfectly complement each other. Each petal has a perfect teardrop shape…maybe that’s what attracted me to it. I’ve been shedding a few tears this past week.
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
Don’t misunderstand, it’s not a life or death situation or a fearful diagnosis, but it hurts nonetheless. I learned that the rental home I’ve been living in for 11 years is being sold. I have very little time to find a solution on a tight budget in a market where rents are skyrocketing out of control. To make matters worse, the weekend I have to be out is my birthday.
I need a miracle…
How do you trust God when life is hard?
It’s natural to question God during difficult times. But we can find comfort and peace in Him and His Word. As we seek to remember that we are never alone, we can learn to trust in God’s promises. He loves us and cares for us deeply. And while He may not always answer our prayers the way we want Him to, He has a plan for us that is far greater than anything we could imagine.
Reading Scripture will help you find comfort during troubling times by reminding you about the importance of placing our faith and trust in His care.
What are some good Scriptures for comfort?
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Friend, I know I am not the only one going through difficulties. In fact, I recently met with Amy Earls from my ministry team and as we discussed this, she shared a poem with me she felt was fitting for encouragement through difficult times.
One day at a time, with its failures and fears,
With its hurts and mistakes, with its weakness and tears,
With its portion of pain and its burden of care;
One day at a time we must meet and must bear.
One day at a time to be patient and strong,
To be calm under trial and sweet under wrong;
Then its toiling shall pass and its sorrow shall cease;
It shall darken and die, and the night shall bring peace.
One day at a time – but the day is so long,
And the heart is not brave, and the soul is not strong,
O Thou pitiful Christ, be Thou near all the way;
Give courage and patience and strength for the day.
Swift cometh His answer, so clear and so sweet;
“Yea, I will be with thee, thy troubles to meet;
I will not forget thee, nor fail thee, nor grieve;
I will not forsake thee; I never will leave.”
Not yesterday’s load we are called on to bear,
Nor the morrow’s uncertain and shadowy care;
Why should we look forward or back with dismay?
Our needs, as our mercies, are but for the day.
One day at a time, and the day is His day;
He hath numbered its hours, though they haste or delay.
His grace is sufficient; we walk not alone;
As the day, so the strength that He giveth His own.
Annie Johnson Flint
What does God say about difficulty?
Life can be hard when you’re struggling with a difficult circumstance. You know God is there, and you know He is listening, but sometimes you need a reminder. Leaning on God and His Word is the best thing to do when difficulties come up. He truly is the only source of comfort in times of crisis.
To find out more about my friend Amy Earls, visit her at www.amyearls.com where she retells Bible stories through fantasy fiction.
Shadia is a passionate Bible teacher, author, and speaker who has a heart for seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. She holds a master’s in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is the author of several books and Bible studies, including HAGAR, LEGION, and TAMAR.