We'll Get Through This!

This past week I posted this profound line on my Twitter feed (@ginogrunberg) by Thomas Keating, who was a Catholic monk:

“God is not necessarily going to take away all our difficulties. He does something much more wonderful, which is to join us in them.”

When faced with obstacles, challenges, and difficulties, our desperate prayer in those moments is, “God get me out of this.” 

I think God’s response tends to be, “Get me into this.” In other words, we have the opportunity to invite God into our circumstances, no matter how bad they may be. God longs to walk with each of us in every facet of our lives, especially the troublesome ones.

Why does he want to walk with us in these challenging times? First, he wants to help us walk through the difficulty, not run from it. It’s in those moments that our faith, our trust, and our character grows. Secondly, to remind us that we are never alone. God wants to participate with us in whatever we are facing, giving us wisdom, tenacity, encouragement, and strength.

So today, remember that you are not alone, and you’ll get through this. Let these poetic words from the Old Testament book of Isaiah 43:2 encourage you this week:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.