I’m glad for Psalm 34:18, aren’t you? I mean, if it’s not true, we may as well all line up for the high windows. I’ve discovered it to be true; how about you? Frank Laubach, in his wonderful book Letters From a Modern Mystic, writes, “‘God cannot get close when everything is delightful. He seems to need these darker hours, these empty-hearted hours to mean the most to people.” The Psalmist wrote, “Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I obey your word.” (Psalm 119:67) One only learns to understand that in the school of suffering. The tragedy is that sometimes it takes a tragedy to figure that out.
Stay close to God, okay? People under a lot of pressure and pain sometimes say to me, “I just don’t know how to trust God for the future.” I usually reply, “Can you trust him today? Hey, just do that.” I used to ask God constantly to solve certain problems in my life; now I just pray, “God, please work this out… and let me know what you decide.” When I pray like that, there’s peace. Try it. God doesn’t wear a watch, my friend, and He doesn’t follow our directions, but guess what? I still trust Him, and you can too. Please know: It’s a choice, not a feeling. Make the choice… and start now.
Several years ago, I heard about a little girl who wrote a letter to some missionaries. Her mother said, “Now honey, missionaries are very busy, so keep your letter brief and to the point… and don’t expect them to write back.” With those instructions, here’s what she wrote, “Dear Mr. Missionary, I want you to know that I am praying for you every day… and Mr. Missionary, I don’t expect an answer!” Friend, I’m praying for you today… and I DO expect an answer. Let me know when it comes. Have a blessed weekend.