I Know Where You Are
There is something reassuring about someone that’s been where you are. I remember being at my lowest low and hearing a friend say, “I know exactly how you feel.” Those words were like life to me. I felt God prompting me to say to someone today, “I know where you are, and I know how you feel.”
Sometimes where you are feels lonely. Like you are the only one that has ever been there before:
-You are the only one that’s lied to his wife.
-You are the only one that’s let his kids down.
-You are the only one that’s disappointed those he loves.
-You are the only one that’s gotten fired from their job.
-You are the only one that has hidden sin.
-You are the only one that feels beyond the reach of grace.
Sometimes where you are feels so uncertain:
-You are uncertain how you are going to pay the bills.
-You are uncertain if she will ever forgive you.
-You are uncertain how Christmas will feel like Christmas given the state of your marriage.
-You are uncertain if you will ever be able to trust again.
-You are uncertain if you can put the pieces back together.
-You are uncertain if you’ll ever be able to feel close to God like you once did.
Sometimes where you are feels hopeless:
-You’ve lost hope in your marriage.
-You’ve lost hope in your relationship with God.
-You’ve lost hope in the word of a good friend.
-You’ve lost hope in your ability to pretend to have it all together.
-You’ve lost hope in all the Sunday School answers.
-You’ve lost hope in hope.
If this is you, I know where you are. I’ve been where you are. Where you are right now is just a few inches from redemption. Where you are right now is dark, but you’re just a few hours from the light. Where you are it feels like it’s over, but keep fighting, keep hoping, keep believing, because it’s not over.
Take heart today. You are not alone. Be certain that in your uncertainty, God is not overwhelmed or surprised or dismayed. Even when you feel hopeless, He is the author of hope.
I’ll be honest, I don’t have a quick fix or a magic formula to give you today. There is no “3 Steps to a Better Life” in this post. I just want you to know…