Friends, I am bringing you an old post today as these words on remaining are speaking to my heart in this season. I hope there is something for you as well. Happy Tuesday!
“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8)
Remaining, I have found, is one of the hardest things of late. Reasons for this are varying, and maybe you are experiencing this as well. Maybe there are days when it just hurts to live through one more day like this. Or maybe there are days when the burden you are carrying is becoming too heavy for you to bear. Days when you just wish that something would be different, that there would be more hope to be seen. Days when you are spent from giving all that you possibly can.
To be honest — remaining is hard for me because when I am pushed past my limits, I would rather run than remain. When my chains weigh me down, I want to run. When my hurts pull me toward darkness, I want to run. I would rather be in a place where I can see change, where I can see something happening.
What to Remember When Remaining is Hard
Yet, I am convinced that the place I want to be at the most, is the place where the Lord wants me to be. And I am sure you would say the same thing.
“If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:12-13)
The things is, there will be trials and hardships we need to endure for the Lord. There will be these times that bring us to our knees, that strip everything away from us. Yet, it is during these times that we see that the Lord is always there for us. We can find so much comfort in choosing to look at life with eternal perspective.
Friend, there is eternal reward when it comes to enduring trials and difficulties. So we know that our affliction works for us this eternal weight of glory. All the hurt and the hardships, they are worth enduring in light of eternity. But the Lord does not leave us there, with this hope of eternal reward. God, He reminds us of something else — that He remains faithful. No matter our circumstances; no matter whether we are faithful or not. He will be there for us and with us because that is who He is.
When Remaining is Hard
But what do we do when remaining is difficult? What do we do when we would rather give up or give in? How do we find the strength to remain where we are?
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night” (Psalm 92:1-2)
When remaining is difficult, we can choose to declare His lovingkindness the first thing in the morning and His faithfulness every night. At first, it might not be easy. When the wounds in our hearts are gaping open. When the circumstances do not change. Or when there is no hope in sight — it feels much easier to try to build walls around our hearts, to desperately hold on to all of it ourselves.
But we can always find peace. Because we find these gentle scarred hands that take us as we come, that hold our hearts and wipe away the tears. With each thank you, chains will chip away and loosen their hold. When we sing praises to His name, God lifts our burdens off our shoulders as we lift up our eyes to Him and see His goodness. Bit by bit, light will overcome the shadows and love will ease us of our burdens. Bit by bit, we will find our footing and it will be easier to remain.
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