I wrote yesterday’s post not knowing that today would bring more sadness and loss in my circle. My heart feels like it is trying to hike in boots of concrete, each time I lift my foot the weight seems almost unbearable, yet I put the right foot down and lift the left foot, determined to continue climbing.
Two pieces of encouragement have helped propel me forward– a hymn and a psalm of sorts. As I process the loss of a friend and co-worker, I find my heart crying out for hope. I need to believe that the sorrow of the past couple of weeks will not be all there is to life. I need something to cling to and survive.
The words to this hymn resonate in my chest today, I need them like oxygen for my spirit.
1. My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
2. When Darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil.
It may seem foolish to some to trust in a God I cannot see, but I see Him everyday. My faith seeks Him like a tree’s roots seek water. I cannot comprehend the brokenness in the hearts of mankind, but I know He is the Healer and that is why I lean on Him.
My other comfort comes from one of my favorite chapters, Isaiah 43. I find myself turning to these words again and again, when the world seems to crash about me. I find my comfort here.
“But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;”**
Knowing God is with me, no matter my circumstances, I can cling to the hope He provides. God is in charge– even when the world seems like it is in chaos. I can go forward, even with concrete on my hiking boots, because I know He is there with me.
I don’t know your situation today. Your life may be full of joy and laughter and all things good; it may be full of sadness, sorrow, and hurt. I only know that God heals. He comforts. He brings relief to situations that are far beyond our abilities.
And so I hope and trust.