I had the worst headache yesterday. It wasn’t too bad in the morning. When I didn’t think it could get any worse, it did. Several times. I spent most of the day on the couch doing nothing. I don’t get ones like this often. Actually, I can only remember getting one before yesterday that was this bad.
I woke up this morning feeling much better. Yeah, there was some lingering pain from yesterday. I had a cup of coffee, and it seemed to be exactly what I needed. I’m writing now, so I know I can at least think straight. I feel like a new person (compared to yesterday anyway).
We’ve all gone through some tough times in our lives. More difficult than a one day headache certainly. Sometimes these tough times seem to last an eternity. It can be physical ailments. It can be relationship strains. It can be challenging co-workers. It can be any number of things. Sometimes all we can ask is “why?” We want all the answers while we go through the struggles. We convince ourselves that God had a reason for letting these things happen to us, but we want to know the reason.
I don’t always know the answer. I do know that when I’ve gone through the tough times, I look to God a whole lot more than when everything is going well. It reminds me of Psalm 18:2: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety” (NLT). While things in my life may change, God never does. It doesn’t answer all my questions, but I find it comforting.
Are you going through a tough time? I encourage you to memorize this verse, or at the very least post it on your bathroom mirror. See what happens.
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.