At some point or another, each of us knows the moment, some more often than others, when life seems to drop us face first into a desert where we feel alone, overwhelmed, forgotten, and without hope, without peace, without a prayer.
With courage we manage to dig out of our souls, we share these experiences with close friends or family hoping for their strength to someone lift us up.
I heard this song recently on the radio, and in particular the lyrics:
"For the faith to move ahead.
And to see me as you do.
I turn to you."
They nailed it. It's my story, my strength, my courage to step out of the desert. Indeed, He's where I turn.
Sometimes I fear being labeled naive. I fear being shut down and perhaps not approached again because of my response. I fear letting my friends or family down because I can't fix their problem myself and because my words keep coming back to God. Then I wonder if these worries bother me, just how strong my faith really is.
And that's ridiculous. God tell us:
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
God also calls us to see ourselves how He sees us, and at the end of the day, a woman sharing her faith is who He's called me to be. There are certainly many ways that I disappoint, but I hoping that His face is lit with the smile of a Father's pride on the days I am able to support others with the story He's given me.