Have you ever loss everything and everyone you know? Job did. He lost all but his contemptuous wife. Just curse God and die. Job was a man of integrity and he refused to blame God for his sickness and his sudden poverty. He said, Should we accept good from God and not bad? We all go through bad days, but its how we deal with them. God gives us grace and strength to make it through our trials.
Behind a story of a well known hymn is a man who had his share of his adversity. Horatio Spafford lost his family on a ship. You can read about it here: www.godupdates.com/story-behind-it-is-well-with-my-soul/ In my own life, I can say all is well. I lost both my parents, but the death of my father was a mixed blessing. Growing up, he had abused us all in different ways. I didn't realized it was abused at that time, but he had mistreated us all. He deprived of us many things and didn't help any of our dreams come true. He had no faith yet he called himself a Christian. Yet he could do things none of us knew how to do and because we were all women, he had some protection. After my father died, my mother's memory slowly deteriorated. She would go to the store and bring home the wrong milk. She would eat the cookies and denied she ate them. My sister and I would not eat them because we were trying to lose weight. My mother had the sweet tooth, not us. With the advice of a friend, we took her to see a neurologist. Sure enough, he confirmed what my sister and I suspected: dementia. We had watched our father's health deteriorate and now our mother's memory. The only person who believed in our abilities was slowly loosing her memory of us.
Would my hopes and dreams die too?
I not only lost parents, but cats too. I wanted to take Henry and Harry to Washington with me, and I even promised them I would, but Washington never happened. Satan also took away my beloved Harry and my heart broke to many pieces. I lost Harry before my dad's death and Henry after my mother's death. It seemed as if Life was not fair.
As we continued to take care of my mother, I still had hope to go to Washington but without cats until God gave me another dream: Montana. Washington was the hope for my trials while my parents live but now that they are gone, a new dream desire and emerge.
Yet after 3 years, my sister and I are still living in our parents house. My sister has a learning disability that keeps from soaring with good grades which hinders her from getting a job or a good gpa to get in the Master's program at an university. She is trying to prove she qualifies for ssi. And me? The wanna be teacher as decided she is too old to teach. Suddenly the desire to become a rancher's wife emerged in her heart. God had given her visions of her future twice and not once had he taken that desire from her.
My sister and I still have our share of hardships, but with all our trials and tribulations, I can say all is well. Why? Because we made it! I passed the teacher's test to become a substitute teacher Third time the charm and it was. God had given me a job so we can continue live in our parents' house without anything turned off, but how long will this job last? All I can say is as longa s God wants me there. It doesn't take us out of poverty but it keeps us off the street. As longas I have breath, God would still work out his good plans for us.
Gratitude and his Presence is the key for me. I think back on the times that he came through for us and gratitude filled my heart. Knowing that God is with us, fills me with such gratitude. I have never felt far away from God. Even in my darkest times, he was there and always will be there. I am thankful for a mom who raised us in the admonition of the Lord. So thankful that she instills us to have faith in the impossible because without it, you can't please God.
Our dreams and desires have not come to pass, but we know that God is working on our behalf. We just have to wait and see.
No matter the circumstances, if you have God in your heart, you can say all is well. If God is for us, who can be against us? He is bigger than than all your problem. Peter wrote that we should rejoice in our trials and that our suffering is producing in us precious faith. perhaps that is why I have great faith. If we haven't made it this far, than why have faith? People lose hope and end their life because they can't see that Light in their dark time. They need Jesus to be their light and He needs us to offer that light. If all is well for you, will you be that light to them? Has God brought you through something you never thought possible?
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.