The Big Uglies


Have you ever prayed – with despair wrenching your gut, doubt tearing at your mind, discouragement dragging you down, desperation clutching at your chest?


I have, too.


Then, after some indeterminate time on your knees, you drag yourself to your feet … with the same despair, the same doubt, the same discouragement, the same desperation?


I have, too.


You may wonder if you have lost your faith. If you ever knew God at all. If you can go on another step. If this whole Christianity thing is worth it.


I have, too.


You’ve read through the promises in Scripture – promises of hope, of purpose, of comfort, of God’s presence, his love, his Spirit. And it all seems empty.


I have, too.


The hard truth is, being a Christian doesn’t exempt us from the big uglies of despair, doubt, discouragement, desperation … or any of the other nasties out there. You can believe in God with all your heart, love him with all your soul, and follow him with all your strength – and still get jumped, and jumped badly, by the big uglies.


Are the promises of God true? Is his presence always with us?


Yes, and yes.


Perhaps part of our quandary is that we forget that we have to “wait on the Lord” before he will indeed renew our strength.


Sometimes, it can be a very, very long wait.


I know.


I’ve been there, too.

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