This months guest blog is from Jeri Hill, Jeri Hill is the wife of the late evangelist Steve Hill and the president of Steve Hill Ministries. Jeri travels nationally and internationally bringing the message of revival, repentance and healing to a lost and dying world.
I was sitting in my white chair in my bedroom. Tears welled up in my eyes, breathing quickly transformed into heaving, and my heart felt there was far too much weight to bare for one single person. You see, this chair is sitting exactly where the love of my life for 36 years entered into the fullness of God’s presence. Sometimes I would wonder if there was an open heaven over that chair, yet every time I sat in it my physical being felt too grieved to notice. Something I also didn’t mention was those tears were also being shared over my son. I had lost him just months after my husband. The pain of losing my men never seizes to grip my heart, but it especially wanted to make me feel defeated that day. As I was feeling indescribable pain, something amazing happened that shifted my soul’s cry. All of a sudden, I heard the voice of an almighty, comforting God say to me, “Blow the cloud away… and see Me.”
Life can seem unbearable, can’t it? Many have written me sharing how they are facing very difficult times. When I read of their current storms, I hurt with them. Everything in me wants to go in and fix it – but I have learned through my own storms, that no person can “fix it.” That job belongs to God and Him alone. And aren’t you thankful we have an awesome God we can lean upon? It melts my heart when I think of how God has continually blessed and comforted the Body of Christ. Today, I want to share a word of encouragement about weathering life’s most “unbearable” storms.
You may be struggling right now in your finances, concerned for your children, without a job, in a health crisis or grieving the loss of a loved one. Don’t let the dark clouds of this present storm bring you down.
David was not a stranger to struggle. In the midst of his trials he asked himself, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:5, 42:11, 43:5 ). Here in Psalm 42 and 43, he pours out his soul. Then he asks himself three times, “David, why are you downcast?!” He knew there was no point in becoming depressed. He lifted his head and blew the cloud away so that he might see the Lord in the midst of the storm.
Blow the Cloud away and put your hope in God!
My daughters Shelby and Kelsey have experienced major trauma the past few years as you can imagine. They spent the majority of their teen and early adult years walking with their dad through cancer. Then they lost their dad and brother just a few months apart. Both of them had a choice. They could let the storm swallow them up or they could put their hope in God and trust Him to bring them through the storm. Kelsey once wrote something and her experience, offering a word of encouragement to others:
“The past few years, by far, have been the most agonizing years of my life… but the most rewarding as well. Every life-altering shift that occurs is an opportunity to form our character into Jesus’ image, if we allow Him to have control over us. If I could give you advice for the years ahead, I would tell you to embrace change, let forgiveness and love be your heartbeat, and allow God to transform your heart to be more like His. If you seek and put your faith in ONLY Jesus, even if it ends up being painful at times, you will look back on it and realize how indescribably beautiful the decision was.”
When sharing about what our family has gone through, Shelby will often tell others, “I will never fully understand the ‘whys’ or the ‘hows,’ but I know God has a bigger plan and it will all come together in the end.” Amen! The Lord never promises we won’t have storms. In fact, no where in the Bible did it mention anyone having a perfect life. Everyone goes through hardships. But the beautiful thing is, He does promise to be with us and bring us through them. Are you going through a storm? Let me give you some advice, blow the cloud away and see Him!
Blow the cloud away and put your hope in His Word!
We need the Word of God and the Spirit of God so that we can blow that cloud away. When everything around us seems dark and uncertain, His Word remains true. You can encourage yourself with His promises and trust that He will bring you through.
Jeremiah 29:11 assures us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I like what my son-in-law Aaron says, “God has PLAN ‘A’ for us; He never gives us PLAN ‘B’.” How true!
Blow the cloud away and give hope to others!
I find that helping others draw close to the Father brings great joy. That’s the heartbeat of God for all of us – to be close to Him. You reap what you sow. When I help others find joy, I myself am filled with joy. If you need to be encouraged, find someone to encourage. If you need a miracle, pray for someone else to receive a miracle. If you want to find hope, offer someone else hope.
In the end, you can trust God is at work. No matter what “unbearable” storm we face. No matter the level of pain or intensity of grief. No matter the hardship or terrifying reality, God is at work. We can rest assured knowing that all things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28). He is at work for your good and His glory.
The “unbearable” storms of life come to all of us, but we are the ones who make the choice to eliminate the “unbearable” and overcome the storm, or allow the storm to overcome us. Put your hope in God, put your hope in His Word, and give your hope to others. Let’s blow the cloud away… and see Him!
You can read more from Jeri Hill and Together in the Harvest on there website www.stevehill.org