God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. – Psalm 46:1
My own journey, like yours, takes me through days of bright sunshine, days of hope and anticipation, and days of peace when all seems right with the world. But we also encounter shadows along the journey and sometimes we experience nights that are darker than a thousand midnights. Nights of indecision, despair and fear.
My time of illness included many of those dark days, with the fear of not knowing what would happen next. I learned during those frightening days that I don’t have to have perfect faith, dauntless courage or unfaltering hope. Because the journey through our lives is both struggle and hope, not just one or the other.
I am convinced that we must see a new image of God as one who is a help in the midst of trouble, not a rescuer from the trouble. I hope that my life journeys will take me through the shadows safely and move me into the bright sunlight.
May we experience God, always, as a very present help in times of trouble.