Continued from here.
Once you replace asking God why with asking whether you will trust Him with even this, your perspective shifts. Casting Crowns’ song Just Be Held captures this beautifully:
Soak in the beauty of the lyrics. Let this song become a how-to manual for how to survive long-term suffering:
If your eyes are on the storm, you’ll wonder if I love you still. But if your eyes are on the cross, you’ll know I always have, and I always will.”
Your feelings will follow wherever you fix your gaze. If you fix your gaze on the storm, you’ll experience more anger, fear, anxiety, and despair. However, if you fix your gaze on the cross, you’ll experience God’s tenderness as He carries you through the storm. You’ll realize that you are not alone in the storm … that your Father is walking through the storm with you.
Lift your hands. Lift your eyes. In the storm is where you’ll find Me. And where you are, I’ll hold your heart. I’ll hold your heart. Come to Me. Find your rest in the arms of the God who won’t let go.”
Your God won’t let go, not even for a moment. The more powerful the storm is, the closer He’s holding you. The Bible says that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and near to those crushed in spirit. Let the words of these more modern translations of Ps. 31:18 wash over you:
If your heart is broken, you’ll find GOD right there;
if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.” (The Message)
“The LORD is there to rescue all
who are discouraged
and have given up hope.” (Contemporary English Version)
“The LORD is near to those who are discouraged;
he saves those who have lost all hope.” (Good News Translation)
“The Lord is close to all whose hearts are crushed by pain,
and he is always ready to restore the repentant one.” (The Passion Translation)
“When someone is hurting or brokenhearted, the Eternal moves in close
and revives him in his pain.” (The Voice)
Your God is not missing in action during your ongoing season of gut-wrenching pain. He’s right there with you, holding you close and already working this situation – even THIS – for good.
[Graphic: YouTube video of Casting Crowns’ Just Be Held]