“How isolated we can feel when we endure pain. We can feel detached from even our closest friends. Worse, our prayers and conversations with God may fall flat. At these times we can draw on our experiences of how God proved His love for us in the past. If you have kept a journal of your relationship with God, now is the time to read it. If God has given you faith to walk with Him through previous obstacles, now is the time to apply faith again: “Recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings” Hebrews 10:32. If songs or scripture verses have lifted your heart in the past, return to them. God wants us to remember how real He was to us before and know that He is the same caring God today, even if He seems hidden.”
Reading this in my study book hit me like a ton of bricks! I realized I was forgetful and drifting. Suffering can easily consume us. It seemed so subtle but here I was. It was time to make a deliberate decision to remember and return.
How easily we can lose our way in the midst of suffering. When our eyes turn to our wounds and losses we will eventually have amnesia. Have you forgotten? Are you far from where you were?
Take some time today to remember ALL that God has done. Praise Him, return to Him once again.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.
2 thoughts on “Remember and Return”
Yes Kathy you are correct about our praises to God . We send it up and He returns it to us as a beautiful cleansing bath. This bath cleans both inside and outside of us: our pain , hurts, desires, bitterness, longing. It refreshes us as a well watered garden. We could call it the dew of heaven.
God bless you and thanks.
Thank you Kathy for this lesson. I know God was giving this to me. I have been telling Him that I feel deserted and I don’t feel like He is listening because He seems to not be answering anything. Then I remembered how He helped me so much in the past and how He pulled me out of worse things than I have now. Praise God even in the bad time.