“I can count a million times people asking me how I can praise You with all that I’ve gone through. The question just amazes me, can circumstances possibly change who I forever am in You?” -MercyMe
That is Emma’s hand catching rain. This pictures really touches my heart because it captures perfectly how our family chooses to accept the “rain” instead of run from it. So many times people approach us and tell us how strong we are… how brave we must be to take on all that we have, including my cancer and a daughter with special needs.
I never really thought we were brave, and most of the time we are not strong. What options do we have? We could either wallow in the heartache or we can praise Him through the storms.
Christ took on so much more than we could ever imagine. He never promised us that this life would be easy. He never promised that we would never experience pain or heartache.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I often lay in bed at night and feel the weight of my life on my shoulders and the tears well up. I think about my family, how much they have gone through and how much more they are going to go through. It is easy to sink when you think those thoughts. Yet in those moments, I feel Him gently nudge me and quietly say “I am still here.” If I let Him, He will guide my footsteps and guard my heart.
The choice is mine.
“I am yours regardless of the clouds that may loom above because you are much greater than my pain. You who made a way for me, suffering your destiny. So tell me what’s a little rain?” – MercyMe
So I choose to face my days with hope. I know that in every circumstance in my life, He is already there.
Nothing can take Him off of His throne…
How do you handle difficult circumstances? Do you face them already defeated or do you battle through? Trust me, I know it is hard. Yet I know it is so worth it! God longs to have you call out to Him. Christmas reminds us He came to us…and we can always come to Him. What are you waiting for?
If the holidays are hard for you or someone you love, we recommend the best-selling book Rain on Me: Devotions of Hope and Encouragement for Difficult Times by (in)courage cofounder Holley Gerth.