In the Midst of Hard Times

Have you ever had a bad day?  Have you ever questioned God, “why?”  As I watch the news from Japan, I’m overwhelmed at the devastation and loss of life.  Such sufferings are hard to see.

Last week was a hard week for me dealing with some personal issues.  What was funny is that never did I ask God “why?”  In fact, the word that kept coming to my mind was peace. God brought Scripture passage after Scripture passage to me throughout the week reminding me of His presence in the midst of a hard time.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you . . . — Isaiah 43.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. — Psalm 46

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4

Even songs that were part of my daily worship, kept reminding me of God’s watchful care for me.

No matter the storms that come my way / He promised that He would see me through / I will trust in You — I Will Sing Praise

Though I walk in the wilderness / Blessed be Your name — Blessed Be Your Name

Oh no / You never let go / Through the calm and through the storm / . . . / Lord You never let go of me — You Never Let Go

And a friend of mine shared a new song with me by Laura Story called Blessings reminding me of God’s greater purpose in our lives whether we have a bad day or experience a traumatic loss.

by Laura Story

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

Songs like these help give me perspective, lift my heart, and lift my head.

Thank you, God, for your love and care for me!

by Doug Friesen, Pastor of Worship Ministries