Good Morning to you on this beautiful Sunday! Today, I want to tell you a beautiful story about one of my best friends. Since I didn’t ask for her permission to write this yet, oops!, I’ll give her the name “Betsy.”
We’ve been best friends now for a little over a year, and, emotionally, we’ve been through a lot together. We’ve always been there for one another–a laugh to share, a neck to hug, and a shoulder to cry on.
Betsy has been struggling even more than before recently. As an out-of-state student, the separation from her home of family and friends has been more painful than ever, so much that it follows her throughout her days. Although she’s worn a smile on her face, she’s been lonely, tired, and feeling alone. Yesterday though, she told me that she had reached the very bottom of this pit in her life, the lowest low.
But do you know what that means for all of us? Once we’ve reached the very bottom, there’s only one place to go from there. Up.
The night before, she had been crying, she told me, face down on the floor. Sprawled out on the ground, she begged that God would show Himself to her through all of this, to give her peace. With all of God’s goodness, He showed her this passage: Hosea 6:1-3
“Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
After two days, he will revive us;
on the third day, he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
Let us know;
let us press on to know the Lord;
his going out is as sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth.”
It’s true that life isn’t easy, and it breaks us down. This brokenness, this unhappiness: it’s the reality of the life of a Christian because we feel the pain of our separation from God. This separation hurts us, and it brings us to our knees, crying out for His grace, His peace, His love.
Whenever we are going through the driest drought in our lives, we must reach out to God, and times of refreshing will come. He will heal us; He will bind us up. He will revive us, and He will raise us up. He will teach us how to seek for Him, and He will give us the strength to press on for His glory. We must trust in Him, and He will refresh us, coming to us as the showers, spring rains that water the earth.
Thank you, “Betsy,” for sharing your story with me and with others. Always remember this: Just as a farmer uses broken ground to corn and a baker uses broken grain to make bread, God uses broken people for His ministry. Always share your story 🙂 I love you!