How are you doing these days? Bad? Good? Indifferent? Depending on whom you ask, a variety of answers will come forth.
This past week I received some of these responses to that very question:
• “I am doing good.” Her tear-filled eyes locked into mine, they softly spoke of her strength in her continued grief of her loved one needing comfort in the hospital. “Thank you,” was her response to the prayer.
• “I’m good,” the clerk at the register, said when I checked out of the store. The jolly laugh echoed from her mouth bouncing off the wall only to return exposing painful burdens on a sad, sad face.
• “It’s all good,” a former student expressed, fear and loneliness displayed in hollow eyes as he tries to sound positive as he updates me on his life.
• “Good,” my own father says with his thumbs up as I look at his twisted body conformed to a wheelchair never to walk again ... at least in this life.
• “I’m good with it,” says a family member who recently lost everything they had. In a delusional trance, she tried to smile and hold it together in front of the kids. This disaster will affect them for years to come.
Our body parts are liars.
Why is it that our mouths so enjoy lying and betraying our own hearts? They rebel and wage war against disclosing any type of pain our heart harbors. Likewise the ears seem to join in by not truly hearing what comes from our mouths. They too ignore the screaming of our heart’s excruciating pain.
Even though we may say we are “good” yet truly we are not. In some way, whether it is a short-term situation or a long-term one, we all encounter not-so good days, moments, situations and relationships. Regardless of whether the situation is emotional, physical, mental or spiritual, or all of the above, the fact of the matter is WE NEED HELP!
Jesus to the Rescue
The One that will help us is Jesus. The One that you are waiting for is Jesus. And like many who waited and found Him, you can as well.
Isaiah prophesied in Chapter 25 Verse 9, “And it will be said in that day: Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
This reminds me of a song addressing these very attributes of God.
Some of the lyrics include:
A refuge for the poor, a shelter from the storm — This is our God. He will wipe away your tears and return your wasted years — This is our God.
A father to the orphan, a healer to the broken — This is our God. And He brings peace to our madness and comfort in our sadness — This is our God.
A fountain for the thirsty, a lover for the lonely — This is our God. He brings glory to the humble and crowns for the faithful — This is our God.
This is the One we have waited for.
Are you spiritually poor?
Are your eyes filled with tears?
Are you fatherless, husbandless?
Is your heart broken and still bleeding?
Are you dry with a throat that needs quenching?
Are you lonely?
If you are any of these or all of these, wait upon the One who can fix each and every situation and bring you holy comfort in the midst of what you are going through. Wait upon Jesus. He is waiting for you, arms opened wide.
About the author
Simone Lake, a pastor’s wife and full-time minister, she serves in the areas of Bible teacher, speaker and author. She is also a missionary, prayer leader, Bible mentor and chaplain. She holds a master’s degree in theological studies and attends Church on Randall Place where she serves in various capacities alongside her husband, Pastor John Lake. Read more about her speaking engagements, Bible studies and upcoming events at: www.simonelake.com or www. simonelake.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/SimoneLake.
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