“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Sometimes it may seem that you are in a tough place, feeling that you are losing control over everything, or just overwhelmed with the ongoing struggle of life with a chronic illness. I don’t think that the world, or even our Christian family, makes it easy to admit that we do feel that way, so often we try to bottle up those feelings, or just hope to ride it out till this current circumstance is over.
When I was listening to a song recently,* I was struck again by the fact that God is there waiting to help us, but we need to make that effort to “Just reach out and take His hand”.
That’s an active thing. We need to acknowledge to God, or even sometimes to our self, that we feel the way we do and then knowing that we cannot get through whatever is the current struggle without God’s help, we need to reach out and take hold of God’s hand, or the strength, or grace, that He offers to help us through.
There’s something to be said for being able to share with a trusted friend, the things that we struggle with, but we need also to be telling our Heavenly Father (who already knows) what we are feeling. God is waiting to help us, He doesn’t like to see us struggle, or suffer, but sometimes we need to go through these things and only God may know why.
I don’t know if you’ve seen the picture that is circulating of “The Hands of God” that is a cloud grouping that appears to be a hand reaching down from Heaven. I think that’s a beautiful picture of what God is reminding me of here – His hand is always outstretched to help me when I need it, I just need to take hold of that hand.
Just as God spoke to Joshua in the above verse, we can hold on to the promise that God’s help is always on the way.
Prayer: Father, I pray that you would help me not to try to do life alone, but to reach out and take hold of the hand you offer me. Amen.
*Michael W Smith – Help Is On The Way – from A New Hallelujah
About the Author
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She knows that only by taking God’s hand will she be able to face each day as she lives with chronic pain. She loves to find time for reading, writing, travel and photography.