The Worst is Never the Worst

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“When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The ‘worst’ is never the worst. Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way.” Lamentations 3:28-33 (The Message)

In the past few months, I have joined in prayer for friends and family that have fallen on hard times. Marriage problems, children, health, finances, work, etc. have all come up in our prayer requests. And one of the things that go hand in hand with these obstacles is desperation. Desperation for hope. Desperation for answers. Desperation for a hero. Today I came upon this passage in Lamentations and it pricked my heart. Take a moment to reread it. I’ll wait. πŸ™‚

Ok, now what are you thinking? Are you encouraged that the worst that you could ever imagine can still be saved by God? Are you starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel? If not, then let me add one more truth: You are so incredibly valuable to our Abba Father that He weeps when you weep and he hurts when you hurt, but God knows the bigger picture. He knows that when you call upon Him, He in His greatness can take any problem, any situation, and turn it for the good.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7 ESV This passage has become the cornerstone for my ministry. In Biblical times, a person can by 4 sparrows for 2 pennies and the fifth one, which was normally weak and undesirable, was thrown in for free. Jesus says that even that fifth sparrow, that others normally would toss away because it wasn’t good for anything, that He cares for it and even more so for you.

You might be feeling at the bottom of the barrel, useless, unworthy, hopeless. Those are lies of the devil and you need to recognize the truth from the lies. Wake up! Yes, there will be trouble. It is promised, but our Lord does not forget us. He does not abandon us. He does not forsake us. He is our Savior, our Help, our Comforter, our Prince of Peace, our King of Kings, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is the Great Physician, He is our Provider. Nothing surprises God. Nothing takes Him by storm. He has no Plan B because His Plan A is perfect. He knew you would be were you are right this very moment. And He is ready to be your Hero. Cast your cares upon Him, because not only can He handle it, but because He cares. I encourage you to bow and pray. Go to the secret place where only you and Him can commune. He’s waiting for you.

If you ever would like for me to pray over you, I would be honored. You can visit me here at Mind’s Seat or come see me at http://www.braydenemerick.wordpress.com

God bless y’all!
Brayden

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About Brayden

I really despise this section of a profile, but here we go. I am currently raising two funny children with my sweetie. I also teach high school English.

Posted on January 29, 2014, in thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Thank you for the morning word and affirmation πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Brayden

    I think God has us both thinking n similar spiritual ways. As I was having my bath, which has become my prayer closet, the Holy Spirit said to my heart, “Kevin, hold your hands under the water tap. I want you to tell people about the two open hands of Christ, the hands of the carpenter’s son. The hands that when we reach out to them contain the healing balm of His love.

    Two days ago while Karen and I are having our seventh wedding anniversary dinner, Karen tries desperately to stop a waitress from spraying sanitizer spray on a table near us. Sadly, the spray becomes airborne. Within minutes I started itching, which proceeded to breathing difficulty.

    Karen drives me home, which takes about 45 minutes. Breathing worsens more.

    I take all the emergency meds. I can ranging from Benadryl to nebulizations. The front room feels like it is spinning around me.

    Blessedly, all the medications I take avoid an ER visit. I feel so worn, run down and exhausted. Karen says in the night my breathing is very light. Her sentry is on duty as I also know she is praying for me.

    I wonder why God allowed this to happen, especially on the night of our seventh wedding anniversary.

    I go to the Englehart medical centre that day, At first my visit with the nurse practitioner is very rough. She is resistant about offering me help with getting me a referral to an immunologist. She leaves the room I’m in.

    It feels like more than a half hour goes by. As I am waiting I ask God to keep giving me a forgiving heart for all the people in the medical system, who have not taken the magnitude of my symptoms ranging from abdominal pain to anaphylactic shock often leading to intubation seriously. I prepare myself for getting no help.

    The nurse practitioner comes in. She tells me after fighting for this for over two years, I will be getting a doctor following me on an ongoing basis within three weeks to a month. I will receive a referral to an internal medicine specialist.

    I am speechless for a moment. I breathe a prayer of thanks to God for hearing me. We admittedly still have some hesitation about this change in attitude. That is our humanity speaking, the many times we thought I would receive help and didn’t get it.

    My faith says there has been a positive change in attitude. I believe this gift came as I have sought to be faithful in forgiving all the people in the medical system who didn’t give me the care I needed.

    I’m still quite worn, very much run down. Yet, I do feel Christ’s peace in my heart, His life and His love beating in my soul.

    Brayden, your piece really spoke to my heart and my life. Thank you for these thoughts from Scripture and your heart.

    I am particulary moved by this line. “Cast your cares upon Him, because not only can He handle it, but because He cares.”

    Yes, God cares for Karen and me even as we face the daily challenges of life.

    One of the blessings these challenging circumstances provide is a lot of material for my writing for my Lord. And to think, I thought I would run out of things to write about:)

    Please pray over us and get your church to as well.

    We’re still fighting. We believe there are blessings in the storms.

    Brayden, so many people need to hear what you have to share from your heart and life.

    Keep up the good fight of faith.

    The Lord’s richest blessings be with you, your family, church and all those you interact with.

    Kevin

    • Kevin,

      You are such a kind friend. I find your story and the faith you and Karen display an encouragement. One, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Marriage is such a blessing. Two, I wish you could receive better treatment. In America so many want Canada’s health care, but the more I hear about it the more I’m thankful for what America offers. Too bad Karen and you can’t come to the good Ol’ USA. πŸ™‚ I’m praying for you, friend, and I will be sure to let my prayer partners know about this as well. There is something special happening in your life. You are using your trials to lead so many to Christ. I completely understand the fears, stress, and strain that health issues bring into our lives. My prayer for you is not only His provisions, but also His overwhelming joy. For in His joy we find the strength to do all things through Christ. πŸ™‚

  3. An answered prayer in what you have shared. Thank you x

  4. Magnificent post. Keep lifting up the name of Jesus He is the winner and His followers are all winners!

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