When times get tough, who do you call? Who do you turn to in times of trouble? Really let those questions sink into your heart and allow yourself to honestly answer them. When you REALLY stop to think about it, your answer might not be the RIGHT one. The good news is that it is not too late to change it!
You see, I have been a christian since the young age of eight. However, even though I knew God was real, I never really gave Him full control of my life until late 2008. For many years I ran from Him. I'm so thankful that He loved me enough to continue to pursue me even when I didn't acknowledge Him. Even after submitting my life to Christ, I struggled with developing my relationship with Him and turning to Him with my needs. My first instinct in times of trouble was to call a dear friend or family member for advice.
I'll never forget Christmas Eve 2009! My husband chose to leave our marriage for the third time in June of the same year. Over the months between June and December, I had grown much stronger in my christian walk. For the sake of my children, I tried very hard to keep things as normal and routine as possible. So I agree to spend Christmas Eve with my in-laws like we had every year. My husband was there as well. Everything went fine at first. His family treated me with the utmost of kindness and respect as they always had. Then it was time to take the family pictures, and it hit me like a TON of bricks... Everything was not the same!
I was not in the picture, my family was not okay, and things were just plain different. I was suddenly an "outsider" in a family I had grown to love as my very own for over twelve years. I knew I was about to lose it! So, I quickly gathered the children, said our quick goodbyes, and said it was time to go. I kept myself together long enough to get the children home and tucked away in bed. Then I literally fell apart in my bedroom closet!!!
You see, in that moment I stopped to think about who I could call for comfort! My first thought was not my Heavenly Father. I thought about many wonderful christian friends and family, but I knew they were all busy with their "perfect little Christmas gatherings" ..... or so I believed. It was in that moment that I felt such conviction!
All this time, when I was hurting and needed someone to talk to, I went to the wrong place!!! Even though God was not the first one I thought of, He still met me right where I was and brought comfort to me during a very difficult moment. I spent time in my closet crying out to Him, and He wrapped His blanket of comfort around me and brought peace to my storm. I literally felt Him lift a huge burden from my heavy heart that night, and it was a pivotal moment in my life!
Psalm 50:15 ~ "Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory."
Isaiah 65:24 ~ "I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayer."
Don't get me wrong, christian friends and family are great for encouragement and counsel, but who better to possibly turn to in our time of need than God? He always has the right answer 100% of the time. He meets us where we are, and supplies every need. So I encourage you to take the time and develop a relationship with your Heavenly Father. He loves you and He is always there for you. Who will you call during your next time of need?
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