Feeling overwhelmed? Stressed out? Facing a flood of sorrow, pain, economic problems?
We all have those times in life. Times when we may even question if God cares. If God even exists.
When we are struggling through a difficult time we do not need a “Pollyanna” quoting scripture or telling us “it will be alright.”
While I certainly do not want to be guilty of that, I have been thinking of some of my friends who are currently going through tough times. Remembering tough times that I have experienced.
Natural floods are terrible events, destroying homes, lives, communities. For anyone who has been through such an event, I cannot begin to imagine how you must feel. But in reading about floods, I have discovered that not everything about a flood is destructive. There are good things that come from a flood.
Wetlands provide nutrient-rich sediments that give support to plant and animal life. These wetlands, in return, affect air quality for humans and support healthy fisheries.
Floods also deposit river sediments and these sediments replenish nutrients in topsoil. These distribution of river sediments make farmland more fertile. Think of the ancient civilizations that flourish along the floodplains of the Nile, the Tigris and the Yellow rivers.
Flood waters also absorb into the ground and recharge underground aquifers. This brings fresh water to natural springs, wells, rivers and lakes. Many populations depend upon ground water and this replenishes these sources of fresh water.
As in the natural world, so in the spiritual. Tough times are – well – tough. No one would choose to go through those floods. But when they come – and they do – it helps to know there are also blessings to be gained if we will remain steadfast in our faith in the Lord.
In my tough times I have found one of the best, if not the best, antidote to despair, depression, or giving up is the Word of God.
W. Phillip Keller said it best:
“For all of us there are bound to be formidable “floods” in the stream of life. Just as Joshua and Israel faced a raging river that overflowed its banks and inundated its flood plain, so will we. God does not try to hold us back from the rampaging currents of life. He does not ask us to retreat or withdraw from that threat which would seem to engulf us. He does not urge us to try and find some way around the apparently impossible barriers before us. Rather He asks us to believe quietly that:
* It is He who brought us here.
* It is He who will keep and preserve us here.
* It is He who will take us on from here.
This is faith in action. This is the private, positive response of the person whose confidence reposes in Christ.”
I love this portion of scripture in 1 Corinthians. If you are struggling right now, I hope it will encourage you.
“And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.”