Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 14, 2016

Life Might Bitter But Jesus Is Sweeter Still

nov-14“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.” Psalm 62:5 (ESV)

Ever get that call in the night – you know the one you dread?  All too familiar for my friend whose daughter has suffered strokes at the age of 35.  A new normal greets them every morning.  An assisted living facility is now home to one who was so independent – to one who is a single mom to a beautiful girl missing her mommy.  The kind of story, if fully told, would draw tears to our eyes.

It was that call one night that sent my friend frantically driving from her home two hours away to the emergency room.  Her daughter was found non-responsive and the thought of yet another stroke weighed heavy.  Tired and weary, my friend knew she needed something to keep her awake for the drive in the dark of night.  She pulled into the drive-thru at Chick Fila and ordered a large lemonade.  Nothing special, divine or providential, or was it?  When she pulled up to the window to pay, she heard these words: “This is on us – have a blessed day.”

When my friend insisted that she pay, the attendant refused.  My friend thanked her and explained how she was trying to stay awake to make it to the hospital to see her daughter.   The girl working the window listened intently and promised to pray for her.

A simple lemonade and prayer to quench a parched desperate soul.  A sweetness that only Jesus can bring to a lonely drive in the dark of night.  Incredible reminder that God is present in all our moments and hears what we don’t even utter.  He is closest to the broken hearted and provides simple, yet profound reminders of His love.  To my friend this was a healing balm to a weary soul that has wrestled with God over the normal that no longer exists.

Praises can often evaporate when whys overload our thoughts.  God’s mercy can seem distant when the unthinkable happens.  And if we are left to ourselves, we will often wonder, “Does God really love us?”

My friend had danced with those thoughts.  So her unwanted assignment was to write down all the ways God had intervened, how He had moved and orchestrated through every one of those hard places. And it didn’t take long to see that where God once seemed absent, she could now see He was fully present. Nestled in the midst of disappointment, fear and challenges was the simpliest of truths – life might be bitter but the love of Jesus is sweeter still.

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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