Truth for Difficult Circumstances

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That moment. We’ve all been there, that moment when bad news arrives from the other end of the phone. For us it came most recently mid-morning on a Tuesday. Caveman started pacing across the Shoebox living room, his shoulders slightly slumped. And somehow, I knew. I knew he wouldn’t be going into work that day or ever again to that job. In the span of ten minutes our situation went from just fine, thank you, to uh-oh, what now? Yet in the midst of difficult circumstances, in between job loss and sleepless nights and wondering where all of this is leading, there is truth to which we can cling.

The past few weeks could have been full of anxiety and upheaval, but they haven’t felt stressful. Our little lives have been largely…normal. Peaceful, even. In the midst of uncertainty — and completely because of God’s goodness — we feel at rest and wonderfully provided for.

Not that it’s been one big party. Some moments I’d stare blankly at our situation and, just for a moment or two, feel the fear of the unknown wrap cold around my heart. Other days I had to cling desperately to truth in the form of a verse from the Bible like it was my last bottle of water to cross the Sahara. Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, my heart grasped Scripture and life continued. Number Two inched closer and closer to walking. Red was his wonderful two-and-a-half year old self and daily amazed us with his mental and verbal capacity. We visited family, and I baked like four batches of cookies. (Like I said, fairly normal.) Today I want to share several verses that I’ve been mulling over the past month.

Here are some basic truths that will not —no never — change, regardless of circumstances:

God is good

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 118:1

 

God is not surprised at any turn of event

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. Psalm 142:3

 

God will provide

I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread. Psalm 37:25

You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. Psalm 145:16

 

 God is faithful

“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments… Deuteronomy 7:9

 

God has a good plan for us

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’  For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31-34

 

At this point Caveman has accepted a new position, for which we are deeply grateful. We are confident that God will continue to provide for us, and honestly I’m excited to see what changes He has in store for our family through this crazy ride. And today I hope these verses encourage you in whatever circumstances you are walking through.

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12 Comments
  • Jo
    March 5, 2013

    Thanks for the reminders! What version of the Bible are the verses from?

  • Beverly Liston
    March 5, 2013

    Amen — wonderful encouragement for you and for all of us; and lest we forget our advocate, Christ Jesus, to the throne of Grace — looking to Him, the author and finisher of our faith.

    • Evelyn
      March 6, 2013

      Amen to THAT, Grandma! Love you.

  • sunny
    March 5, 2013

    excellent verses. wonderful reminders.
    and I can tell you are at peace and finding joy in the midst of all you have been through.

    • Evelyn
      March 6, 2013

      Thanks, Sunny. By the way, I stopped by your blog and love the photography. Beautiful work!

  • Sarah
    March 6, 2013

    Wow! Evelyn, thank you fro the reminder that all things are in His hands. Thank you, and Caveman, for holding your hands open before the Father. I am praying for wisdom, peace, and His leading to rest upon your Shoebox.

    • Evelyn
      March 6, 2013

      Sarah, thank you for your kind words and sweet prayer. I’ll take it! 🙂

  • Anna Lockwood
    March 6, 2013

    Thank you for the timely reminder, Evelyn. We are in the midst of our own little turmoil. Still own a house in CS that we can only keep if it is rented and the renters are moving out. But, its OK. God is sovereign and He knows our needs. We have peace. 🙂

  • Meredith Lewis
    April 3, 2013

    I love this, Evie. Beautiful reminder.

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