Saturday, August 1, 2015

Even When It Hurts

Have you ever woken up feeling blue and grey, and all the other colours that just don't paint the picture of a happy joyous day ahead? Well, I believe I can say many of you have experienced that at least once. There are times in life when everything seems to be spinning out of control, and in spite of our best efforts, we just can't get them to work out the way we want. There will be times when you will wake up and not want to talk to God; you will ask yourself if worshipping God is worth it, and you will probably not understand why God has chosen to make things work the way they have for you. The past few days have been just like that for me, but when I reached the edge, God sent me a song through one of my best buddies who I had not even shared my dilemma with. "Even when it hurts" by Hillsong United is an appropriate song for such a time. The lyrics say: 

"Even when my strength is lost, I'll praise you. Even when I have no song, I'll praise you. Even when it's hard to find the words, louder then, I'll sing your praise! Even when the fight seems lost, I'll praise you. Even when it hurts like hell, I'll praise you. Even when it makes no sense to sing, louder then I'll sing your praise. I will only sing your praise."

This song made me think about Romans 8:28- "Everything works together for good for those who love God", and I realized that even when things are not going our way, it doesn't mean they are not working for our good. Just like a mother would not alloow her toddler swallow sand on the playground, God sometimes keeps us from things we believe are good for us, because He knows we don't know any better. Of course like toddlers, we will scream and cry, because we want to eat 'sand', especially if it's 'sand' that looks appealing but God always knows what will harm us in future. I learned by listening to that song that God does not take joy in harming us; God does not enjoy seeing us weep and live in penury. When God closes a door, He wants us to look elsewhere! It's his way of stopping us from our own destruction. God's plans for us will always surpass our human plans. He already knows what awaits us in future. We on the other hand cannot see beyond our noses- that's if we can even see our noses. 

Praise God in the difficulty! Even when it hurts like hell, and it makes no sense to praise Him, Do it anyway. Do it in your tears and your pain. God will never fail!

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