Like the forceful rip currents that beat the shores and ravish the beach, life’s turn of events can cut at the soul leaving you hanging on by a thread. It’s impossible at that point not to feel despair. Another piece of the bank is torn away. The erosion of the soul is painful.
“I cannot,” your soul cries. “Hold on,” God’s whisper is heard above the thundering roar of the ocean and you begin to identify how much pain and suffering one can endure and at the same time know this is what happens to him every time he sees his children straying and drifting further from his safety net.
Broken hearts are best left to God to repair as no one here knows what will keep a human going. No human can touch what hurts for them in order to make it stop.
Unbidden remarks pierce the saturated soul stinging with saltiness the wounds that try to heal. Add to that numerous mechanical failures in one week and one can surmise the mortal enemy of the soul is angry and trying to strip away, one finger at a time, the grasp of your hand clinging to the only hand left extended down into the abyss-your Heavenly Father’s. He is a strong tower and help in time of need.
The soul runs for cover and asks for the reassuring arm of God to surround it and renew stability within, for we are in Christ Jesus. Scripture washes the soul and momentarily refreshes the drenched spirit long enough to speak another scripture at the badgering adversary.
Yet another wave comes. The soul wavers. Will it fall? No!
And then a break in the relentless crashing waves of discouragement. A bit of good news is heard and hope springs back to full capacity and faith for all to be restored returns. Once more it is proven that those who depend on God will not fall and that Satan is exactly what God said he is; a liar. But, oh the depth of pain and anguish we must sometimes endure.
“A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit dryeth up the bones.”
Prov 17:22 (ASV)
“Beloved, remember what you have heard of your Lord Jesus, and what He has done for you; make your heart the golden pot of manna to preserve the memorial of the heavenly bread whereon you have fed in days gone by. Let your memory treasure up everything about Christ which you have either felt, or known, or believed, and then let your fond affections hold Him fast for evermore.”—Morning and Evening
How does one do it without the wellspring of God’s grace to draw from? If nothing is stored away there is nothing from which to draw and despair is the only reward.
“Jehovah is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, And saveth such as are of a contrite spirit.” Psalms 34:18 (ASV)
“Our blessed Lord experienced a terrible sinking and melting of soul. “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity, but a wounded spirit who can bear?" Deep depression of spirit is the most grievous of all trials; all besides is as nothing. Well might the suffering Saviour cry to His God, "Be not far from me," for above all other seasons a man needs his God when his heart is melted within him because of heaviness.”—Morning and Evening
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us….So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Cor 4:7-18 (NIV)
It’s never easy to endure all that comes our way, but when the light of eternity shines upon life's events they are seen as the deterrents they are, trying to prevent us from reaching our goal of being with Jesus.
Jesus within us cannot be revealed unless we allow the floods and tsunamis of life to cover us and emerge from them victorious. Verse 14 says, “Because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.” 2 Cor 4:14 (NIV)
We act often times as though we never heard the words in Peter; “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you:” 1 Peter 4:12 (ASV)
The destination is the focal point of this life, not the whirlpool trying to drown us with despair. We see that in scripture when Jesus said he was going to the other side of the lake and the disciples thought they would die in the storm. We see it when Paul speaks and says he will go to Rome and endures a shipwreck and in Stephen’s word’s, “Lord Jesus receive my spirit” as he was stoned to death.
Things are going to happen and you will feel the seduction of being overwhelmed, but that is the pinnacle, where allowing the brokenness of yourself to identify with Christ. He has made the soul able to stand in the face of adversity. Is your armor in place? Then charge into a new day knowing you have laid your broken soul on the Rock Christ Jesus so you might be sustained. Feel the surge of his power. It is in brokenness that we are made whole.