Oh, Jesus! Praying the words that just won’t come. I had a whole different post that was going to fill this space, but when life happens, when your world stops on a dime, you focus on what’s in front of you and just take that next step. It seems that so many people I love have had to face incredibly hard things this week. It has humbled me even more to look outside myself and to look at the big picture of grace. My heart is heavy for those who are facing situations that can make or break their faith. They are walking their brave. My prayer is that they are leaning in to God for the answers and support and peace and strength.
This could have easily been titled:
“When your young son is diagnosed with cancer”
“When your brother dies unexpectedly”
“When your children live an ocean away and you have to trust in the Lord to take care of them”
Or fill in the blank with the brave, hard thing you are facing this week. We are not exempt from heartache and pain. It is all around us. It might be happening to us right now, a friend, or a family member. It’s what we do with that gut punching news that can make or break us. Do we trust God and turn over our pain and sorrow, or do we bury it and become bitter? Trusting in Him and allowing Him to direct our paths is a way to grow our faith.
How do we find hope in a cancer diagnosis? How do we press on in ordinary, everyday life, when our precious child’s life just got turned upside down and inside out? How do we explain to him what a new normal will look like for the time being as he goes through chemo and treatments? How do we grieve a loved one’s death when it was way too soon? How do we live with half our heart in another country?
I don’t know the answers to these questions except to say the comforting answer is Jesus.
Jesus. We need you here. You are in the next breath we take and every inhale and exhale will be with your help as we cannot do this life alone. We are dependent on you, completely, solely. And if the words won’t come, a simple one word prayer of “Jesus” is all you need. He will meet you where you’re at.
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Suzy Taylor Oakley says
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve uttered, “Jesus, help me,” especially as more miles and years pass.
I’m sorry for all the things your family has been experiencing, but – you’re right – clinging to Jesus is our only hope of survival.
Thank you for this.
Thank you for sharing. Yes, clinging to Jesus is at our foundation.