Notes from the church lady: Take comfort; with God you are never alone

“I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”. Matthew 28:20

Many people are taking a look back at the year 2013 with both the good and bad news that transpired. Some people I know are glad that Christmas is finally over for another year and they won’t have to deal with the bickering and demands among family members. I experienced an imperfect Christmas without all the preparations for a big meal. Instead, we loaded up and went out for Christmas dinner.

Now it is time for a new year, a new beginning for all of us. It is time to put those comments, things done to us, our resentments, and anything else that comes between us and God to rest … for good. Even though all of our problems weren’t solved in the past year and may never be solved, continuing to focus on them won’t take care of our situations. Some of our problems might be resolved this week, this year, or maybe ten years from now, we need to remember that the Lord is still in control.

Even though we are deeply burdened and depressed, and maybe feeling all alone in the world, Jesus is always right there to hear our cries and provide His perfect peace. It is similar to a number of products for people to push a button to connect with someone for help. Scenes of people on the floor or walking down a dark street demonstrate help is always just the push of a button away. There are also products on cars that provide help even when you are out of cell phone range. They can even determine when an accident occurs and the person inside is unable to request help.

While technology is a wonderful thing and I recommend people take advantage of it, we need to remember it never takes the place of the Lord. When you are all by yourself it is comforting to know the Lord is waiting for you to call upon Him. In Jeremiah 33:3 we read: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”.

There are times when the weight of the world pulls us down even when we are crying out to the Lord for help. We know He is there, but we feel so overwhelmed by our burdens. Joshua 1:9 tells us, “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest”. What a promise!

What if you are so depressed, dismayed, and are having a hard time believing these promises? Would it help to know that you are not alone? In Mark 9 is the story of a father of a child who appealed to Jesus for help. He told Jesus that the disciples were unable to cast out the spirit plaguing his child. Jesus told him, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth … the father of the child cried out … Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief”. (Mark 9:23-24)

Sometimes it isn’t a matter of unbelief, but of being so overwhelmed by a burden. In those dark days it is helpful to have someone come along side of you. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together … but exhorting one another”. Getting together with other believers goes a long way to help us through our pain. If you can’t go to be with other believers, call a good friend or write a letter to someone you care about.

If everything is going along smoothly for you right now, you might someday need help through a crisis. If you are in the midst of a crisis, take comfort in knowing you are never alone. My prayer for you is you are assured of the Lord’s presence and His strength to guide you through 2014.

Debra Whittington is a longtime resident of Tucumcari. Contact her at:

dawhittington@msn.com

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