Grace to See Me Through

By on June 1, 2012

By Amy Layne Litzelman –

So many people I know and care for are going through very trying times – physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually. Everything in our families, marriages, relationships, health, and work that can be stretched, tested, and tried seems to be getting the full force in recent years. I know that the consuming, refining fire of God has touched my own life on many levels, burning away what brought death, purifying what brings life, and strengthening my faith in the process.

Many questions arise in the midst of difficult hours: God, where are You? Why aren’t my prayers being answered? Why aren’t miracles happening in my life?

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My thought is this: Which is the greater miracle, a sudden and complete change in our circumstances or the grace that sees us through when the change comes over a long journey? Is an immediate healing a greater miracle than the joy one discovers as they hide deep in God’s love and peace while still in pain? Does greater faith come from a quick release from addiction as opposed to a daily walking out the truth of the Word until you know that you are no longer bound in sin and shame? I’m not so sure that faster always means greater in God’s eyes.

Think of our Creator’s amazing declaration to Paul in the midst of his pain and torment:

“My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness.” (II Corinthians 12:9a)

This new understanding caused Paul to then declare, “Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!”

David gives us another great example of the value of perseverance in painful circumstances. Many of the psalms contain his cries of anguish and distraught, but end in a firm declaration of trust and devotion. God knew what path would best lead to David’s maturity in faith and wisdom, allowing David to learn the reality of the hidden place during the refining process. God knows just as perfectly what path will bring the chaff to the surface in our life so that we can gain freedom and He can move without restriction through us.

I have had many days when my heart lay broken and my hope crushed. I could not see a way through the darkness and couldn’t imagine a time of joy ahead. And yet, the power of God’s Word would gird and strengthen me as I resolved to cling to its truths. The wind of the Spirit would blow on my face and refresh me when I didn’t think I could go on. And as I humbled myself before my Maker, believing His plan was still somehow perfect, grace would overflow to me and bring peace and joy in the midst of unanswered questions. Freedom and healing came as I experienced the endless supply of Christ in me. This is indeed a great miracle.

I don’t know where you are walking right now or what you may be going through, but God’s love is the same to each and every one of us. His plans are always perfect and His ways full of power and wisdom. If you find yourself stepping from sickness to healing or debt to riches in one movement, rejoice and press yet deeper into your Father’s goodness and presence. If, however, you are on a longer journey with the hope still before you, know without wavering or doubt that each step still contains a miracle – a miracle of love, a miracle of grace, a miracle of peace, a miracle of freedom – as you lean on Him and rest in His truth.

 

As a passionate worshiper, Amy Layne Litzelman writes, sings, and teaches biblical truths from a clean, simple, yet profound perspective. Her unyielding focus is to know her Creator intimately – His voice, His movements, His character – and to help others do the same.  She has traveled across the United States and to the Philippines and China to lead worship and share the unrivaled Treasure she has found. Amy released her first book, This Beloved Road: A Journey of Revelation and Worship, in 2011 and has composed over 70 songs and recorded four CDs. She and her husband, Matt, have two adult sons and live in Jackson Hole, WY.” Her website: http://www.AmyLayneLitzelman.com.

About Amy Layne Litzelman

As a passionate worshiper, Amy Layne Litzelman writes, sings, and teaches biblical truths from a clean, simple, yet profound perspective. Her unyielding focus is to know her Creator intimately - His voice, His movements, His character - and to help others do the same. She has traveled across the United States and to the Philippines and China to lead worship and share the unrivaled Treasure she has found. Amy released her first book, This Beloved Road: A Journey of Revelation and Worship, in 2011 and has composed over 70 songs and recorded four CDs. She and her husband, Matt, have two adult sons and live in Jackson Hole, WY." Her website: http://www.AmyLayneLitzelman.com.

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