By Rebekah Hurst
Life would be so wonderful without challenges and obstacles, setbacks and suffering; but alas, we live in a fallen world. Sorrows come when we love others so deeply that their pain and sufferings dwell within us as well, on top of any personal struggles that need attention. Some days it feels as if I’m on to the next hurdle after my feet have just barely cleared the one before it. I must continue my stand in faith, asking and believing God will give me His strength to put one foot in front of the other, once again. It can be emotionally exhausting.
I am a firm believer in prayer and relish time with my Heavenly Father. But as of late, the list of things that weigh on me seem, at times, to be overwhelming and all consuming. And yet, during this Thanksgiving holiday, I was able to look past the things I have no control over and look forward to God’s faithfulness. To me, the silver lining is seeing God be faithful in our circumstances. As I visited with loved ones, a peace came over me and I was overcome with gratitude for all the wonderful people God has surrounded my life with and how incredibly blessed we have been and are still.
Because I have been a believer for most of my lifetime, I have had an abundance of opportunities to recognize God’s goodness and faithfulness during times of trials and heartbreak. I didn’t always get the answer I wanted, but I always felt His presence. It took me many years before I truly believed that He would never leave me nor forsake me. It wasn’t until I understood that it really had nothing to do with me and my works and everything to do with Jesus and his sacrifice for me that I began to grasp that God is faithful because He loves me; and He loves me because of Jesus.
In 2008, I started keeping a Book of Remembrance, writing down every blessing that came to me and my family. When I need encouragement during the hard times, I read through this journal that has become one of my treasures. What I’ve learned about myself as I’ve gotten older is that I see the blessing in the smallest of things as much as the big things. This is because I’ve learned to recognize the faithfulness of God. Without it and Him, I have and am nothing. Summed up with words from one of my favorite hymns, “All I have needed Thy hand hath provided, great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me.” For this I give thanks every day.