Ever notice that life has a way of unfolding which makes you think? Such has been the case in my life in recent weeks. I am still trying to process it all, mostly through asking the question, “What is this all about, Lord?”
If you’ve shared your circumstances and feelings with those around you, it’s a sure bet that you have heard at least one of these cliches:
- “It will all work out.”
- “All things work together for good….”
- “He knows best.”
Don’t get me wrong, while they’re all true, in the moment – they can fall flat. Empty.
My mom has a way of looking at circumstances which has always amazed me. Her response to anything and everything is by framing it within the confines of time. So she puts it this way … “This time next week, this will all be behind us.” And she truly does discipline herself to look ahead to what will come beyond the pain or discomfort. We all know and hold onto the truth that God can and often does bring beauty from ashes.
So how are we to live on those hard days?
- Worship Him in the now. It may not be easy or painless. Do it anyway. “Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God.” (Psalm 95:6) Notice it is written in the present tense. Now. And we worship for no other reason than “He is our God!”
- We worship Him with hope. As we stay close to Him, we believe what we cannot see and we know we are under His care. “He is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care.” (Psalm 95:7)
“Live fully in today and place your hope in the future God has planned for you.” (Luci Swindoll)
There may be brokenness but we are not left hopeless.
Worship Him Now.
Worship with Hope.