Everyone Goes Through Something

Our friends from the UK are having their last week with us before returning to the UK tomorrow.  This week we took them to the Smokey Mountains.  While there, we took a day to spend at Dollywood, which was hosting their annual Gospel Singing Fest.  What a huge blessing it was, sharing with hundreds of other believers, worshipping through song.

We were especially blessed by singing artist, Karen Peck.  In fact, we went to all three of her performances.  Each one was a bit different in song, but the same in sharing the joy of Jesus.  She sang a particular song that I had never heard before.  It touched me deeply,  It’s called, “Everybody’s Going Through Something,” from her newest album named, “Revival.” In the chorus are the words, “If I have to go through something, I’d rather go through something with Him.”  Oh, yes!

I have often speculated in life — how do people who don’t know Jesus get through all the troubles of this world?  How do they get through pain, hurt, rejection, grief?  Somehow they do survive.  Even so, in my own experience of surviving, I’m so glad I’ve never had to muddle through in my own strength.  Jesus told His disciples, just before He went to heaven, “I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”  John 14:27  The times I have called upon the truth of that verse is innumerable, and the help that would come, was always there.

When I have felt misunderstood; when I have felt there was no way out of some dilemma; when I have felt the agony of loss — I have never had to face any of those emotions alone.  I can testify of a truth that in every trouble of life, when I would call out for the help of Jesus, like a breath of cool air on a sultry afternoon, He has swooped in with His peace, guidance, and assurance to get me through to a good end.

I am so thankful that, not only does Jesus not mind when I call to Him for help, but He adores it when I do.  Are you hurting today?  Whatever is breaking your heart or bringing pain into your life, Jesus longs to help you.  Like a mighty eagle, He is ready to sweep down in love to bring His aid into your life.

I close with another of Jesus’ promises to us:  “I will not leave you comfortless — I will come to you.”  John 14:18

Never forget that His help is only a call away.

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