A new book came in the mail yesterday – “Where Is God When It Hurts?” by Philip Yancey. I have read a couple of his books before, and am excited to dig in once again. This time, it was recommended by my younger brother; whom I deeply admire. I think it’s not only going to benefit me personally, but give me a little more perspective when ministering to others.
It was not that long ago when the floor fell out from underneath me, and I faced multiple crisis at a time. There were days when reality felt so very far away, and yet far too near, simultaneously. It was difficult to find my bearings, and my faith took a considerable pounding. To say that I was overwhelmed is an understatement. Grief, anger, pain, depression, loneliness, and thoughts of suicide ebbed and flowed in my innermost being as I attempted to navigate my new reality.
And there absolutely were days that I felt God was so very far away, I wondered if He would ever bring me to a place of restoration…
We all endure times of loss, disappointment, or disillusionment – how we navigate those seasons can directly affect our future. Our faith. Our essence. There isn’t a perfect way to do it, for we are each on our own journey. But, if we allow God to further perfect us in those times, we will come out on the other side stronger, more compassionate, wiser, and more capable of turning to those still struggling and offer a helping hand.
So, off I go to read. And heal. Blessings to you as well!!