His big emotions were much too big for his little heart to handle. He was completely distraught, and I wasn’t sure how to help him calm down. But his mother was close by; she knew just what he needed at that moment. She stooped right down next to him and asked him to look up into her eyes. She was here now. She took his hands in hers, then she told him to take a deep breath. “Blow it out, now take another one,” she reminded him. Once they had taken some deep breaths and blown them out together, she asked him what the trouble was, and he poured out the problem. His mama had a most reasonable solution for his little-boy heart, and everything was right as rain in his world again. Oh, what a picture my sister showed me that day of the love of God in His child’s distress.
My life has played out a more “grown-up” version of this story a few times. My world turned topsy-turvy and uncertainty left me paralyzed and overwhelmed. I knew a lot about God, but I had not yet drawn near enough to know Him as the Father He promised Himself to be over and over in His Word. I had asked Him to save me from my sin and secure my eternity, but not yet learned to trust Him for my daily life. The circumstances in that season of my life finally brought me to a place where I needed Him. Looking back now, I see the gift that it was meant to be so that I could know the love and grace that He had waiting for me. The truth was that I had needed Him as desperately before as I did right in the middle of those circumstances. One of my favorite quotes by Charles Spurgeon perfectly captures my thankfulness for those trials. He said, “I have learned to kiss the wave that slams me into the Rock of Ages.” So, He sent a sweet friend who taught me to look up into His face, hold His hand, and listen to His Word.
Nevertheless I am continually with thee:
thou hast holden me by my right hand.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel,
and afterward receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but thee?
and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Ps. 73:23-26
The process that my friend taught me to fix my eyes back on His face and to put my hand back in His, has squarely centered me time and again. She has given me permission to share it.
- Thank Him for the trial, circumstance, or difficulty.
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:7-9
- Praise Him for what He is doing.
Thou art the God that doest wonders:
thou hast declared thy strength among the people. Psalm 77:14
Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. Psalm 119:68
- Trust Him to lead and give direction.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God:
thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Psalm 143:10
- Obey what He says obediently and immediately.
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye. Psalm 32:8
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8
Praying for His peace and His presence to carry you through the uncertainties of this life, and for opportunity for each of us to share His peace with those who find that they need it right now. Blessings on you today!