imageAwhile back, someone asked me to reach out to their adult child, who was in dire circumstances. My heartstrings broke because I’ve been a child who’s been there. I wanted to share the letter I sent (changing details to protect identity) because I thought if you’re going through dire circumstances, maybe this could be a tiny offering of encouragement…
I know it’s a difficult time, if I could pay money or be where you are and make it go away, I would have done so…yesterday. I’m not an expert on ____________ but I do know desperation. During 2009-2010, I was so desperate, some days I could only pray, “God, why?” But during that time, I learned things. One thing I learned is that when God is all we have left, we have everything we need. Like Job, you and I could lose our homes, our family, our health, but as a child of God, even in that loss, we do not lose God. He never leaves us and if we are still breathing, He is not done with us. During that hellatious season, I read Job. It was very comforting for me to know of a man who lost everything, but not forever. I don’t know what the outcome will be for your situation. But I want you to know that God knows. And so I avail myself to Him for you. I trust Him, that He has you, your circumstance, and your weary soul in his hands. And in the event that the outcome is not good, prepare your heart now, that God is still on his throne. That God is still good. Don’t give up even when you lose something or someone. In this season, remember the operative word, “season.” This bout of darkness is not forever. You weren’t in it a year ago, and you won’t be in it for years to come. It is a season. It has a start and a finish. And biblically that is an irrefutable truth. The bible says, “This too shall pass,” “Pain may come at night, but joy comes in the morning,” and “To everything there is a season.” I’m writing this to you on an airplane, so I’m also praying for you from 40,000 feet in the air. Maybe my prayers will have special impact cause I’m that much closer to heaven! Don’t give up. We’re in this together, Heather

 

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