Today I spoke with a man who was struggling with many losses. He spoke and I listened as he told of loss after loss, worry and wonder at how he would find any kind of help. At the end of our conversation I wished I could hug him and walk with him further on his journey. Unfortunately, it was not possible to do, but I will add him to my prayer list and pray for a breakthrough for him. Hearing him speak, voice cracking under the pressure of his burden, I imagined him standing at a precipice- afraid he would fall in and be swallowed up forever.
I am praying for him and the others on my prayer list today, that they will not be consumed by their battles, illnesses, worries and concerns. I am praying for them to breakthrough the walls to see the victory on the other side. I am praying for physical healing of hearts, those battling cancer, for children to be restored to families, for marriages to be built up again.
I am praying for friends who are fighting depression and discouragement to know that they are loved, valued, prized, and fought for on earth and in Heaven. I am praying for college students to make wise decisions, to hold to the faith of their childhood and grow it into a mature faith with God’s direction and help.
I find my heart heavy with these brothers and sisters who are bearing the bruises and the cuts from the battles they face. I try to imagine their weariness as well. And then when it seems like the struggle is bigger than the soldier in the fight I find verses like these:
He (God) will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
In that day they will say,
“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation,” (Isaiah 25:8-9).
I feel my shoulders straighten up, a new air to breathe in comes my way, the sunshine is warmer, and Hope comes to the forefront again. We are not beaten. Those I pray for are not beaten. God is our victory. There is no battle, no struggle, no addiction, no betrayal, no abandonment, that cannot be redeemed by God. As Corrie Ten Boom once said, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” So Dear Ones, do not become swallowed up in the pit, but allow yourself to instead be swallowed up in the love of our Heavenly Father. He is the Victor every time.