“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” -Psalm 121: 2-4
When my mother Elinor was a student at North Division High School (Milwaukee, WI) in the early 1930s, she began corresponding with a German pen pal named Anneliese (photographed in Germany), who lived in the small town of Rheinberg. World War II put a temporary end to their communication. Yet, despite officially being on opposite sides, total commitment to their friendship triumphed over politics. In all, their long-distance friendship spanned more than forty years and five decades. During a trip my parents took to Germany in the 1970s, Elinor and Anneliese met for the first and only time. What a joyous celebration of faithfulness that must have been!
When we experience a ministry downsizing or vocation loss, it is understandable that doubts of God’s faithfulness arise in the ensuing maelstrom of despair, bitterness, and unforgiveness. We pray every prayer we know how to pray, but when pervasive silence follows, we may feel that the Lord has forgotten our need. As we wait for His answer, it is essential that we counter our feelings with the truth of God’s Word. Despite apparent circumstantial evidence to the contrary, we must be intentional in remembering that the Lord is working in ways we cannot see.
Our God is able, mighty, and faithful! As the Holy Spirit empowers us to praise our Lord and trust in His provision,, we remain open and attentive to His answer. In his book You’ll Get Through This, Max Lucado encourages us to affirm God’s faithfulness one step at a time:
“Don’t let the crisis paralyze you. Don’t let the sadness overwhelm you. Don’t let the fear intimidate you. To do nothing is the wrong thing. To do something is the right thing. And to believe is the highest thing. Just keep calm and carry on.”
“His mercies . . . are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3: 23