God’s Presence in Our Weariness
The dawning of a New Day for us, is always preceded by a time of great darkness and futility, when we seem to have lost all that we had gained, and are reduced to impotence and helplessness. Then, when all seems lost, and we are beaten to the dust, and can no longer even seek for God, or still less, find Him, a great awakening or illumination takes place. For when we cannot even pray, or seek, or find God, we find that we can be sought and found by God. -an excerpt from Life Without Strain, Chapter 3.
I’m enjoying the gift of a lifetime. I am caring for my dad while he’s sick. He’s currently in a long term acute care hospital now with the benefit of great physical, occupational, and respiratory therapy. This follows his fifth hospitalization this year. He’s been critically ill for the last 25 days. There are times that I am physically and/or emotionally drained. Fear and fatigue are realities that push my faith in an unseen God off to the sidelines.
When I reread the above quote I felt such relief. God finds me and intervenes. This is the “relationship with God” we hear about. God relates to us in this way – He pursues us in our long, sometimes sad, exhausting days. He finds us and helps us.
He’s not pacing in Heaven frustrated with us and wishing we could get over ourselves and pay more attention to Him. He is not embarrassed by our weakness. He is where our help comes from. He knows what we need, and He IS at work to fulfill His purpose with our lives. God is our gentle shepherd.
Our spiritual enemy knows we are vulnerable when we are tired and weary. But Jesus is our Savior and nothing can separate us from God’s love.
God’s truth for us is:
“Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34
“… they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us“). Matthew 1:23
“… neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
“You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.” 2 Samuel 22:29
Prayer for the Weary
Thank You Father for this love of Yours that seeks and finds us in the dark and painful places.
You’ve given us a day and a night so that we can grasp the concept of HOPE and waiting. What a beautiful gift – the promise of a new day.
You’ve witnessed our fear. You see the cracks in our faith. We confess that at times we see our present reality and panic. This fear seems to blanket the memory of Your light, love, and power.
But You are merciful. In our weakest places, You insert Your strength. When we can’t concentrate to read Your Word, You send music to deliver the message. When we feel alone, you send people, phone calls, facebook messages and texts to remind us that You are Emmanuel – God with us. When we have no energy, no words to pray, You pray for us. You prompt others to seek You on our behalf.
You are the initiator and perfecter of our faith. We open ourselves to receive Your goodness and mercy as You allow circumstances to help us know You. Send Your light into the caverns of our minds. Grow us so that in physical darkness, we can enjoy the never ending light that comes from You.
We anticipate the coming new day. We surrender the fear of the unseen and unknown. We celebrate that You are the mighty God, with us, loving us, and helping us. In Your perfect love for each of us, draw us pictures of the reality that what we can not yet see.
We pray these things confidently in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen
How has your faith in God as your Helper grown during your hardest days?
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.