Hope and a Future

Hope and a Future by Holley Gerth

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“How are you doing this week?” I ask in an email that makes its way to her inbox. She replies a little later, “Feeling a little low.” It’s interesting how we use the word “low” to describe challenging times in our lives. When life brings hard times, it’s difficult to look up and stand tall.

Yet in Scripture being “low” as a place where God can work and it’s always meant to be temporary…

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

    out of the mud and mire;

he set my feet on a rock

    and gave me a firm place to stand. (Ps. 40:2)

In his love and mercy he redeemed them;

he lifted them up. (Isa. 63:9)

Humble yourself before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)

I’m not talking about plastering a smile on your face and pretending everything is okay when it’s not. That’s not helpful either. I actually mean the opposite—that it’s time to get really honest about how hard things are as well as the help you need.

We will all have times when life knocks us down. That’s simply part of being human. Yet God doesn’t want us to stay there forever.

So what do you do if you find yourself in that place? Fight to get back on your feet. Do whatever it takes: ask God for help, reach out to friends, see a doctor, join a support group, take care of yourself. You’re worth it. And you’re not alone.

Through his gentleness, love, and patient timing, God wants to lift you up and give you a new, stronger place to stand.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

{Adapted from the devotional, What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days}

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