The holiday season – from Thanksgiving through New Year’s – is a wonderful time to get together with family and loved ones. Lovely music, special programs, parties, great food and fellowship! However, for the hurting, the lonely or those who find themselves in the midst of a trial during this time of year, the Christmas season can be painful. Some are newly divorced; spending Christmas without their children can be devastating. Some are in the hospital with a loved one or are there themselves. Some have just been to the funeral of someone they care deeply about, so celebrating anything, including Christ’s birth, isn’t exactly at the top of their list. It’s hard to smile when your heart is breaking.
Many of these hurting people are blessed with loving friends and family who fill the gaps as best they can. They offer a kind word, give a gift that brings a smile, or a warm embrace at just the right moment. For Christians, there is God’s Word and the power of prayer to get us through the rough patches of life.
But sometimes, God seems far away, friends are nowhere near, and life appears flat and hopeless. If that’s you this year, I want to offer a word of encouragement. Not my words, but rather, God’s Words.
The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. – Nahum 1:7
Your Father is near you in the day (or days) of your trouble. He is there when life seems hopeless or dark or desperately lonely. He 1is with you when no one else is and He is a strong hold, a place of sweet peace and protection. Run to Him! If you trust Him, be assured that He knows you. Look for Him, and you will see Him. Recently, the Lord reminded me of His presence in my life by giving me something that I’d thought about, but never had specifically asked Him for. A plain reminder that He is working in my life and He is aware of my thoughts, even when I’m not expecting it.
If I hadn’t been paying attention, I would have missed this very small answer to my heart’s cry. Perhaps you’ve overlooked His hand in your life? Sometimes the grief that surrounds us like a thick fog can block out the tiny pinpoint rays of sunlight that He is sending us. Look for the light, and you will see it, because the Lord is good.