December 6, 2017
By Amanda Conner
Have you ever felt like God has “forgotten” you? It’s easy to fall into that mindset when we feel alone or that we will never find the solution we need. But Jeremiah 31:13 reminds us that God is working in our favor and is constantly helping us in those situations where we feel like no one else is around.
I will turn their mourning into gladness;
I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
I know from my own situation that sometimes when life gives you lemons, its crazy hard to make lemonade. I’ve heard many stories- heartbreaking and tragic, from people we see daily. They look like the average citizen, the guy who has no troubles at all. But we know no one is really like that. Everyone has their burdens.
When I hear a particularly difficult story, I wonder how that person is able to continue smiling. Where do they get the strength to continue fighting? Where do the people who attempt suicide find the will power to stop popping pills? How does the abused child still have the love in their hearts to kiss their mom and dad on the forehead as they hold back the tears?
As believers, we need to recognize Gods work in our lives. As Jeremiah says, He will comfort us and bring us joy in the midst of our sorrow, through our pain. I don’t know HOW this works, but I know that IT DOES! The Lord will always be there through all our trials, ready to be our Comforter. I mentioned this in another blog, but sometimes it can be really difficult to see God in our tough situations. We need to sometimes see God in other people’s advice and talks with us. We get life -experience from others’ stories and we all can help each other by praying with one another and finding ways to encourage one another..If someone in our congregation seems to be having a difficult time or even if a random name crosses your mind, pray for them, because you never know the pain someone else carries. Instead of ending this blog with a question as usual, this time I will end it with a request: send out little prayers throughout the day for one another so that we are not alone in our struggles, and it can serve as a reminder that God is always with us.