There are two big questions that the world has been asking for throughout the ages:
”If God is good why is there so much sin and suffering?” or ”Why does it feel like I’m all alone through the hardest times of my life?”
Inevitably, we will go through suffering in this world. Why? Because of three things:
We live in a sinful world
The sins of others
Because of our own sins.
Now the real question is “Do we want to go through it alone or with someone who actually has the power to calm the storms in our lives?”
Drowning Alone or With Someone?
I want to share an experience that happened a few years back when my brother and I were younger.
Growing up, my family and some church members would go to the lake and enjoy fellowship on a regular basis. This particular day, the water level was pretty high, I had not seen it like this.
It had rained the previous days rather heavily, a natural explanation I thought, but this day was sunny and nice, nicer than others. Everyone was enjoying their vitamin D, some of us decided to swim off to the far end where the floating line was.
We floated and played around the line, like little mischievous children that we were and began to converse. All of a sudden, my mom has this terrified look and begins to scream my brother’s name. My cousin and I turned around and we see my brother and a church member begin to drown!!
Our first instinct was to save them, so my cousin and I began to swim towards them! My cousin grabs the church member and I grab my brother. However, because my brother was panicking and flapping his arms up and down, he dragged me. So, we both begin to drown.
A million thoughts started to rushed inside my head, you know, like they tell you in the movies. At some point, I could even recount my life, Yet, all I could think at the moment was, “my brother needs to breathe.” He is panicking for a reason, so I go underwater, hold him from his waist and push him up as far as I can, hoping he can grab some air.
While underwater, I couldn't hold my breath any longer, so with all my strength I push him up into the direction I remember the floating line was. Thankfully, a random gentleman grabs him from his hand and pulls him close to shore, to my mother arms, and to safety once again. Until this day, we have no idea who this man was. He actually wasn't around right after the incident. We wanted to thank him, but we couldn't find him.
I don’t want to say that it was an angel, but the reality is that I do not know. It could have been, it could have just been a wonderful stranger. I’ll never know until heaven. Regardless of who this was, this experience was rather impacting for my family.
As I recount this story over and over. I always look back and recognize that I gained a spiritual lesson that day.
While my love for my brother was a primary motivator in this circumstance, I was a bit helpless when it comes to saving him. I could only do so much in helping him live again. We needed someone else to do so. That’s when I reflect and understand that the love I have for my brother will never compare to the love Jesus has for him or any of us! ♥️
Jesus loves us SOO much He isn't willing to let us drown with the worries and suffering this world brings upon us. He is wanting to go wherever it takes and send whomever He needs to in order to give us life.
He will go beyond what we can ever imagine, swim to the depths of this world to bring us out of darkness and all the pain we experience.
It's easy to believe that when we go through suffering, God isn't there. It's easy to believe that we're all alone.
What it is difficult then? To recognize His workings on this earth.
There is a poem that paints a beautiful picture of Jesus walking along with us through tough times, the name is “Footprints in the Sand.”
One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."
He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."
Doesn't this make you think of your current circumstance?
Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. When we feel alone, it's because WE need to learn how to recognize Him.
You simply may feel overwhelmed with your thoughts, the situation, the hurt you feel, or what others are saying. You may feel as if you are alone, but God is there with you. Jesus is near. We just need to attune our thoughts to His presence.
It is not easy, but it is possible. Jesus shared with us, “I have overcome the World.” While he can’t get out of the drowning on our own, He can!
Isaiah 53:4-5 says:
"Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed."
This blog mainly serves as a reminder that I will never be alone. God is always there for me and for you!
I really enjoyed sharing this blog! I hope you found some healing and inspiration for today. Jesus loves us and wants to give you and I, the peace we seek.
Estefany Fernandez is a missionary in Malaysia serving God and having adventures with others. If you want to check more of her content, visit her website at: https://estefanyfernandez15.wixsite.com/inspire-all