He gives us stories /// through hopeless times

Don’t worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything [...]
Then you will experience God’s peace,
which exceeds anything we can understand.
— Philippians 4:6a,7a

It seems to me that it is often easier to pray for someone else, or when there is a need and what seems like an obvious solution. I find it harder to pray for myself or to pray when I cannot think or foresee what the answer could be.

Knowing I need God’s help

Recently there were certain situations for me—situations that seemed unending, hopeless, and that little me could not see a solution for:

  • I had no job, but didn't really know what I wanted to do either

  • my health was up and down—would I ever feel "normal" again?

  • family stresses seemed never-ending

At times like these, I know I need God’s help; and know that He is the only one who can get me through such seemingly hopeless times. I asked my wee group to pray for the situations; I opened my Bible and flicked through, desperately hoping a verse might jump at me, and (as I am easily distracted when I pray) I wrote down what was on my mind as a written prayer.

And answers did come...just not in the way I maybe expected...

But, in my being reminded that God is the only one who knows the future, all I can do is trust Him. And in trusting Him, I have truly experienced peace—peace and rest which I can't explain, but that only He was able to provide.

The Lord gives strength to His people,
the Lord blesses His people with peace.
— Psalm 29:11


Throughout Advent, Refuge is posting a selection of stories of God’s work in our lives. Each morning of Advent, we will be sharing these stories for the encouragement and upbuilding of the Church—and to testify to His greatness. For the series introduction click here.

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