Sometimes, I just need to read a book... find a Bible study plan that really just meets me where I'm at. The one I've just started has done just that.
Specifically, it is meeting me as I struggle with doubts – unsure of what to do or who to turn to because obviously God isn’t listening. Well, at least it feels like that some days!
“I wrote this book and Bible Plan for the many people who are struggling to believe that God cares about them, especially when they find themselves in the middle of a crisis. When you’re stumbling through a valley, it’s difficult to see the light. You want to believe, but you’re having a hard time reconciling the hope-filled message of the Christian faith with what you’re seeing around you.
I’m a believer to my core. I say that I found Jesus before I knew he existed; a calming presence in the middle of storms that came upon me long before my path today. Yet, I too have struggled with doubts. My biggest came when I saw my business go up in smoke as chronic disease met special parenting. I didn’t quit on my business or my God. But let’s just say that fear took the reigns. I feared that I would never see my business prosper again. And I feared that my God’s plans for me weren’t all that good. That maybe my suffering was attached to His greater plan. That maybe staying faithful without my health or my child’s sanity was more than just a test – but my life’s work.
I have since regained stability in my health, yet had to experience cancer first.
And I have since seen my child’s sanity fluctuate more toward typical than not (though that varies from day-to-day with sensory processing disorder and OCD).
Best of all, I no longer believe that hardship is my life’s calling. It’s more-so a reminder that we’re not Home.
What about you? Have you taken on hardship as your calling in life? Have you realized yet that we will all walk through trials because truly we’re just not Home?
Right now, I'm in the book - and bible study - Hope in the Dark. There's a clip of what Craig writes about above. And it's helping me wade in the deep waters of big questions like “where are you, God?” and perhaps is assisting me in finding some semi-permanent solid ground.
I’m ready to find that with you, precious friend. And I can’t wait to see what the Lord has to offer each of us here.
I hope you'll read this book with me!