This past week has been an incredibly difficult one. The desperation and brokenness some are suffering with is becoming heavy to bear. So many who battle physical ailments, addictions or mental issues. The cancer rate is staggering. A little 11-year-old girl’s body has been invaded by this vile diagnosis.
We have had stories of the abuse some are enduring now and some who have had it in their past. Suffering with abuse causes much anguish whether it is sexual, physical and emotional. The unbelievable amount of those caught up in sex trafficking is staggering. This is the new form of slavery! If we fight against slavery we must fight against slavery in the sex industry! Seeing more and more the perversion of the world can cause me to become totally expended. causing feelings of hopelessness.
As I recalled the incidents that were troubling me, I began to sing…
Abide with me: fast falls the eventide;
the darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
As I sang it over and over, I could feel God touching my spirit and drawing me close to him. What comfort I began to feel.
There is assurance in Christ that HE IS in the middle of all our darkness. God IS unchanged in His Goodness and Love. His Sweet mercy and truth extends far beyond the contamination of this world and beyond any bounds of our wasted lives.
While we know there is more beyond what this world can offer, we still long to have someone jump in the middle with us to help bear the burdens we carry. This is exactly what being a Christian is all about! We put on the Hands and Feet of Jesus and walk in the shoes of another to help in their struggle.
This isn’t about going to church, teaching a Sunday school class or having a theology degree, this is about being and doing -Jesus- This is our only hope in reaching others.
And though the evil around me may feel like I am drowning, I will still beg out to God for healing, rescue and deliverance for those who are struggling.
Having the heart knowledge that HE is in the middle of our battle and there is NO darkness!