do not lose heart

Point Loma Lighthouse

It is there, in the midst of trying to find a way through the darkness and the doubting of ever being in the light again. It is there, in the tears spilling down the cheeks and  the weight heavy on a chest in the middle of the night. It is there, in the crushing feeling of discouragement weaving into your soul and in the hurt echoing loud in your soul. It is there, in the pain woven into your bones and the confusion mudding the whole circumstance. It is there, in the mess of the relationships lost and in the brokenness of losing our loved ones. It is there, in the permanent scars and in your world falling completely apart.

It is there, the questioning and hard doubting: Lord, where are You in this? How can there be any purpose in any of this?

This fallen world, these impossible circumstances and broken people — I find myself questioning. I am desperately searching for answers, to understand what God is accomplishing through these hard moments that are breaking me. The weariness settles into my bones when I cannot find any answers, tears come down as waterfalls when I confess to the Lord, and to others, that my faith is weak.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

But it is there, the still small voice speaking in the midst of the impossible and the difficult. Do not lose heart, beloved.

This present trial, these hard circumstances and messy hearts — they are here but for a moment. This will not last forever. Even more so, they are working for us a glory that is brighter, more amazing and this will last forever. So fix your eyes on the things unseen. Still your heart before Him, my friend, and lay down your heart. Lay down your hurt. Surrender your all to the Maker of your heart, knowing that His are gentle hands and they are holding your heart together. Look at the things which are not seen, listen to the voice of Truth that echoes bright in your heart for that small moment.

It is all working out for eternity.

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  • Sharon

    Wonderfully encouraging, and your words were most timely for me. It's so hard in the middle of difficult circumstances to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Outside fears and struggles and suffering clamor for attention. But, I try to always remember the words of Jesus in the middle of a storm: "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27, ESV) He is there... GOD BLESS!

  • Sharon

    Wonderfully encouraging, and your words were most timely for me. It's so hard in the middle of difficult circumstances to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Outside fears and struggles and suffering clamor for attention. But, I try to always remember the words of Jesus in the middle of a storm: "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27, ESV) He is there... GOD BLESS!

  • Sharon

    Oh...one of my favorite verses that has gotten me through so many difficult times. I needed that reminder...thank you. :)

    • Ronja

      Yes, this verse has definitely carried me and given me hope in so many trials! I pray God uses the reminder for good today. God bless you Sharon!

  • Sharon

    Oh...one of my favorite verses that has gotten me through so many difficult times. I needed that reminder...thank you. :)

    • Ronja

      Yes, this verse has definitely carried me and given me hope in so many trials! I pray God uses the reminder for good today. God bless you Sharon!

  • Sherry Stahl

    I love your raw faith. I totally get it. It's so hard to understand the eternal purposes of God in this finite world. Keep trusting and keep writing. He will bring blessing after the testing. Much love! ~Sherry Stahl xoxo Stopped over from Susan B. Mead's linkup

    • Ronja

      Thank you for these kind and encouraging words, Sherry! All things will certainly work together for good to those who love God. :) Thank you for visiting in this space! God bless you!

  • Sherry Stahl

    I love your raw faith. I totally get it. It's so hard to understand the eternal purposes of God in this finite world. Keep trusting and keep writing. He will bring blessing after the testing. Much love! ~Sherry Stahl xoxo Stopped over from Susan B. Mead's linkup

    • Ronja

      Thank you for these kind and encouraging words, Sherry! All things will certainly work together for good to those who love God. :) Thank you for visiting in this space! God bless you!

  • Loved by the King of kings

    Yes, His still small voice is there, because He is there, and His love and strength are there for us. I've been through the wilderness, and when all is said and done, I discovered God, who is the Light, there in the darkness. If you get a chance, check out: https://plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/joy-comes-in-the-morning/ and https://plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/uphill-struggle/

    • Ronja

      Thank you for those links! They were both good reads. :) You are so right, the Light will always break through to the darkness and even in the hardest of trials, God is right there. I am so thankful for that. Thank you for visiting here! Blessings to you!

      • Loved by the King of kings

        You are welcome! Sometimes we only have enough light from Him to take the next step, and that's okay. It develops in us a reliance on Him and a love for Him, once we figure out that the light is from Him and stop thrashing about because we can't see the whole picture. :)

  • Loved by the King of kings

    Yes, His still small voice is there, because He is there, and His love and strength are there for us. I've been through the wilderness, and when all is said and done, I discovered God, who is the Light, there in the darkness. If you get a chance, check out: https://plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/joy-comes-in-the-morning/ and https://plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/uphill-struggle/

    • Ronja

      Thank you for those links! They were both good reads. :) You are so right, the Light will always break through to the darkness and even in the hardest of trials, God is right there. I am so thankful for that. Thank you for visiting here! Blessings to you!

      • Loved by the King of kings

        You are welcome! Sometimes we only have enough light from Him to take the next step, and that's okay. It develops in us a reliance on Him and a love for Him, once we figure out that the light is from Him and stop thrashing about because we can't see the whole picture. :)