By Kristi Hall
A few years ago while living in Carlsbad, CA, we had the opportunity to hop in a hot air balloon and take a little ride. At the time, we had three boys under the age of 4. As you can imagine, with three different unique personalities, each responded quite differently. My four year old was intrigued, but didn’t get to close to the edge; my youngest was only a year old, so he was pretty much just along for the ride; and my middle child was somewhat stricken with fear. He found a home wrapped tightly like a koala bear around my leg and stayed there throughout the entire ride. Did I mention we were tethered?
Tether: a line to which someone or something is attached (as for security)
Yes, we were held by a very strong, secure rope as we ascended into the blue sky. The flames grew hot as they pushed us higher. With each push, we were further above the ground and things began to look smaller. Our rope held us secure and we began to experience beauty at a whole new level. Higher and higher we were lifted, trusting that the rope was strong enough to hold us.
Do your circumstances hold gloom and look overwhelming? Are you in the midst of heaviness? Are you allowing Jesus and His perfect strength to hold you?
Do you trust your rope?
I have walked through heaviness and I am most certain, in this world, I will walk through it again.
Our circumstances are much like the hot fire. They will either push us up, clinging to hope, or they will overwhelm us and burn away the very thought that there could be relief. What if the fire, the flames – our circumstances – are not meant to burn us, but to mold us? What if what we are walking through will sift us and make us stronger? What if the flames are only being used to push us higher, above our circumstances?
It is only there that we began to see.
As we hover above our circumstances, setting our gaze on Jesus, He begins to change our perspective. It doesn’t mean that what you are walking through disappears, it just means that you gain focus.
As we hover above our circumstances, setting our gaze on Jesus, He begins to change our perspective.
There were many days I prayed, “Lord, if you don’t come through, we are toast, burnt to a crisp.” You may laugh, but let me tell you, I meant it and I was very honest with the Lord. There was nothing anyone could do, God was and IS our only HOPE!
Today I want to share with you a few ways God has helped me and my husband walk through difficult times. Marriage is beautiful this way. He gives us each other.
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
– Genesis 2:18 –
A suitable helper is one who compliments the other person. Together you are better and stronger. Where one is weak, the other is strong, and you walk through life together, every day, just doing today. Many days I would say, “Get up, show up, and follow Jesus.”
Here are a few things we have found to be helpful.
- Be mindful of the lies of the enemy. His first goal is to turn you against each other. Be open and honest with each other with common respect. Talk. Pray together.
And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
– Ecclesiastes 4:12 –
- Meditate on God’s Word. There were many days I felt as if He was writing me a love letter. He was. His Word early in the morning will give you strength for that day. You will be ready the next morning to go running back for more.
3. Trust Him. Even when you don’t understand. As women (or maybe it’s just me), we like to “fix it” – our way. We like to gain understanding in hope of making things better. I have found myself trying to figure it all out, craving knowledge. Uh oh… stop right there. Isn’t that what happened in the garden with Eve? She wanted and craved knowledge. I loved this excerpt from Lysa TerKeurst’s book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way:
That’s why God didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The knowledge it would give them was a burden God never intended for them to carry.
And maybe that’s why we don’t have all the answers about our situation.
God isn’t trying to be distant or mysterious or hard to understand. He’s being merciful.
Fix your thoughts on Him and TRUST HIM. His ways are perfect.
For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.
– Jeremiah 29:11 –
- Pray. Pray. Pray. I do not say that loosely. I am often overwhelmed when I think of this – when Jesus died and rose again, the veil of separation was ripped in two and gave us permanent, free access to God. We have His ear – He hears and is attentive to each request, big or small. That in itself should give you peace. HE HEARS. HE SEES. HE KNOWS.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
– Psalm 34:18-19 –
- Walk in faith, BELIEVING! Lean on His everlasting arms. He will carry you. He carried me and He will do the same for you. I find myself thanking Him often, overwhelmed by His goodness.
Great is His faithfulness for great things He has done! I love HIM! He is completely trustworthy.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.
– Psalm 138:8 –