Sometimes a day can just wring every ounce of hope out of one’s soul. Sometimes an hour can, too.
Your physician’s office calls and says they need to see you back in the office ASAP.
The mailman drops a(nother) late notice from the power company in your hand.
The flashing blue lights on the police car behind you do NOT mean there is a blue light special at Walmart.
Your husband says he doesn’t love you anymore.
The pot roast has a distinctively charred look about it.
Your children cannot seem to speak one kind word to each other.
And on top of it all, it is THAT time of the month.
It is in those moments that we are tempted to think, ‘Does God Care About Me?’ Does He know what is happening in my life? Where is God in all of this mess?
I’ve been there. So have you. Our eyes tend to focus on the immediate; the circumstance that is filling the entire space of our heart in that moment. When our life takes a decided turn for the worst, our first thought may be that God has abandoned us, and He doesn’t care what is happening to us. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Just because we cannot see God does not mean He does not care. He cares deeply. Today I want to encourage you with two verses from the Psalms:
The Lord will record, when He registers the peoples: “This one was born there.” Selah. Psalm 87:6 (NKJV)
God keeps a record of each person, and in that record He notes exactly where they were born. Just as a human parent has a birth certificate showing where their child was born, God also has a record.
Leah Ann Colwell, born June 16 1964 in Blairsville, Georgia.
Why does He do that? I have no idea, but He does, and that is a beautiful reminder of how special each of us is to Him.
Let me share one other verse with you.
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8 (NLT)
God cares about you, friend! Nowhere in the Scripture is His care more evident than in this verse. He keeps track of our sorrows, our tossings and turnings. Somehow He collects every tear we shed, places them in a bottle, and records them in His book. Our earthly parents collect our baby teeth, or our primary school crafts, or our high school accolades. GOD collects our tears. Stunning!
You and I are not insignificant to God! Think about it….if God cares enough to light up a bug’s butt in the summer, then for sure, He cares about you. He is with you in your pain. Tough times do not mean that God has abandoned you, or does not care about you. Tough times are God’s training ground for you and me. They are times that offer us an opportunity to really trust God’s heart for us. Tough times are what faith is all about, friend.
Charles Spurgeon knew that God cares about us. May I leave you with an encouraging word from Spurgeon?
God is too good to be unkind;
He is too wise to be mistaken.
When you cannot trace His hand,
you can always trust His heart.
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