As many of you know, our oldest son was in a horrible motorcycle accident the week of Easter.
Again, we know so well how in a split second, your entire life can change. His accident was the kind of thing that makes you believe in miracles, because it’s a miracle he is alive to tell the tale.
As grateful as we are that God spared him, our life has been quite a roller coaster ride since that phone call. From the car ride to the hospital, to waiting during the intense 8-hr surgery, to the transfer to a rehab center, to now him coming home with us, our emotions have run the gamut…and sometimes it’s not been pretty.
We’ve all been there, haven’t we?
Wondering how we’ll make it through this hardship or that trauma?
Wondering why God allows more than we can handle, or why he allows us to go through things that make no sense.
What’s the plan, God?
As I look in the Bible, I find dozens of stories about ordinary people who demonstrate exemplary trust in God to receive extraordinary outcomes—particularly in the toughest times.
One of my favorites is when Joshua was leading the Israelites in the charge of Jericho. They had just celebrated the miracle of crossing the raging Jordan River on dry land. The next obstacle to the promised land was the walled city of Jericho.
What’s the plan, God? they must have wondered.
Fire from heaven?
A holy earthquake?
No one would have conceived that the great battle plan to take Jericho was to march around the city once a day for six days, and then seven times on the seventh day and then shout really loudly.
But Joshua trusted God, and the whole city collapsed to be plundered.
Jake’s accident (and whatever hardship you are going through) is a reminder that the same God who led Joshua into the promised land still leads us through our darkest days.
The muck of hardship
Who would ever have guessed that Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, would end up stripped of his coat of many colors, be sold into slavery, be falsely accused of rape, end up in jail to rot—but then rise to rule Egypt and be placed in a strategic role to save his family from famine?
Trusting that God is in the business of restoration and redemption takes faith—the kind of faith that grows in the muck of hardship.
Where do you turn when life is hard?
What do you do when you pray and don’t get the answer you need?
How do you find the courage to trust God in the worst of situations?
Friend, I don’t know what you’re facing today, but I do know that God is ready with a plan to redeem and restore you.
Lift your eyes to heaven and ask HIM for the plan.
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” —Psalm 9:10
Lord God Almighty, when life is out of control, when life is too hard to handle alone, when circumstances are beyond my ability to control or even make sense of, enter in. I’m inviting you into my chaos and asking you to be God over me and my situation. Amen.