It snowed again. It’s hard in this season when one day is full of the promise of spring and the next throws us back into more time of waiting. Yesterday I worked in the garden, waving to neighbours as I cleaned up dead branches and winter debris, and made plans for planting. Today I’m back in the house, in isolation, wondering when this cold, lonely season will end.
Weather forecasts from several sources differ only slightly on when the weather will warm up again. Forecasts about when voluntary and increasingly forced isolation will end vary much more widely. Health and economic experts seem to be at a loss themselves. Many people are asking, “What is actually going on?”
It’s hard when you don’t know what is happening.
The followers of Jesus must have been at a loss themselves the day after the Messiah died. Only a few days earlier, songs of joy and elation rang out in the streets. Now Jesus was dead. How crushed their hopes! The greatest disappointment in history! They could not see what was being accomplished during that time. From the vantage point of isolation in hiding from fearful opposition they had no idea what was actually going on.
I don’t know what’s going on right now. I don’t know which experts to believe, which news sources are fake, which are reliable, or who is exploiting whom in this situation. It appears many people are suffering physically and financially as the whole world cries out for deliverance from this evil.
This much I do know. God hears and he can take what was intended for evil and turn it to the advantage of those who trust him. He can also use it to reveal himself to those who deny who he is.
Wait, my soul. Take courage. Wait and learn. Remember the Father’s words.
How compassionate he will be
when he hears your cries for help!
He will answer you when he hears your voice!
Even though the Lord may allow you
to go through a season of hardship and difficulty,
he himself will be there with you.
He will not hide himself from you,
for your eyes will constantly see him as your Teacher.
When you turn to the right or turn to the left,
you will hear his voice behind you to guide you, saying,
“This is the right path; follow it.”
Then you will see your idols as they are—unclean!
(Isaiah 30:19b-22a TPT)
5 thoughts on “A Season of Hardship”
I am edified by your words and the words of Isaiah. Your comparison of the time Jesus was in the tomb and our community of isolation was also inspiring.
Thank you for your kind words. Blessings (hidden or not) on your season.
Charis, our circumstances and the weather change frequently but our God is steadfast and sure. A strong fortress and refuge from the storms that swirl around us.
Enjoyed the passage in Isaiah, you cited, and how Daddy God is always with us, even in hardship and difficulty. I know what was meant for evil will turn out for our good. God never loses a battle and always wins. I believe we will see the billion plus soul harvest begin to come because the idols and things people depended on have been shaken.
“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
and he will stand upon the earth at last.
And after my body has decayed,
yet in my body I will see God!
I will see him for myself.
Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.
I am overwhelmed at the thought!” (Job 19:25-27 NLT)
Happy Resurrection Day! Abundant blessings!
Thanks, Hazel. I agree with you. I used to sing Handel’s song based on that passage quite a bit in performances of The Messiah. Thanks for reminding me.
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Charis, you are welcome!