“God, I do not ask that You make my life easy; I do ask that you make me strong”

(From a note found in the rubble of a town in Poland. After it was bombed by the Nazis)

Everyone copes with tragedy in their own way. However, I think it is fair to say that tragedy has a way of purging us. It forces us to empty ourselves, and then it forces us to seek. In the end, tragedy changes us. It challenges us to examine what we believe and why we believe it. It separates us from “easy believe-ism” and compels us to seek after the “real thing.”  A real and powerful relationship with the living  Jesus. Because, only the “real thing” will get us through.

Tragedy leaves us feeling stunned and desperate.  Often, we are truly powerless. We may feel fearful or filled with sorrow.  As a result, we need to be able to draw close to Him. Daily, our soul will need that deep and intimate encounter with Him, so He can be our shelter in the storm. Then we can learn how to overcome the obstacles in our path. This pursuit of Him keeps our eyes fixed on Him, and our ears eager to hear His words.  We hold His hand tightly, so we can walk beside Him obediently.  In doing so, He comforts us. He teaches us to be brave. He molds and shapes us, so He can use us.  In doing so, He makes us strong.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
He knows what to do, even when you have no idea what to do.
He is not lost, even though you feel lost.
All is not hopeless, even though you may feel hopeless.
He knows the way through, even though you cannot even imagine a way.
He holds the lamp, and you hold His hand.

Be encouraged today to lift your head up–and seek Him.