By Chris WittsTuesday 25 Feb 2014Morning Devotions with Chris WittsUncategorizedReading Time: 0 minutes
Yesterday I looked at what happens when our life is shattered,or when hope is all gone. I have a feeling many people experience those kind of days when everything seems hopeless and pointless. I said yesterday that the Serenity Prayer is a good place to start. It’s worth writing down sometime. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,the courage to change the things I can,and the wisdom to know the difference”.
I heard about a lady named Barbara Bartocci who received a knock at her door one day and a Navy chaplain had come to tell her that her husband John,a fighter pilot,had been killed in Vietnam during the war. His death left her a young widow and a single parent of 3 small children. She was devastated. About 12 months later,she still felt despondent and unhappy. One morning in the kitchen a glass dropped and shattered onto the floor. She stared at the broken pieces and thought “My life is like this glass – shattered to pieces”. Then an image came into her mind of her church’s stained glass window that was made up of broken glass pieces. That image brought her a new insight that came from God,and started a new healing process for her. Here’s what she said “I realized I could create a new reality of the shattered pieces of my life. It wouldn’t be the same one John and I shared,but it still could be beautiful”.
If your life is shattered today,may I suggest that you speak one word? That word is “Help”,and you can direct it to Almighty God,your loving eternal Father. If you feel overwhelmed,confused,upset,frightened or in despair,use that word “Help” and say “Help me Lord”. This is a prayer,and the poet Alfred Tennyson once said “more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of”. I like the story I read of a family where the father left his wife and their 5 year old son without any explanation,and the devastated boy pleaded with his mother to tell him why his Daddy had left home. She had no answer and in frustration said “I’m not the person who can explain this. You need to talk to God about it”. Immediately the little boy folded his arms and prayed aloud “God help me. Please send my father home”. He kept repeating that prayer until he fell asleep. A few hours later both and he and his Mother heard the sound of a car coming into the driveway. “That’s my daddy” the little boy shouted. The father told them something had tugged at his conscience and urged him to live up to his responsibilities. That child is now 27 and his father never left home again. It’s true that God answers prayer,even when we ask “Help”. He hears this prayer even when we feel all is lost.
Did you know that there are verses from the Bible to help you? These are called “faith building scripture verses” and many people can testify to the power of words from the Bible to help them at the time they needed it most. Let me give you a few. Isaiah 42:6 “I will guard and support you”. Matthew 19:26 “With God everything is possible”. Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you”. Psalm 125:1 “Those who trust in the Lord will not be defeated”. There are many more,but they are powerful promises from God Himself which will give you inner strength as well as a sense of calm and restoring your mind. Say them out loud and write them down.
Believe it or not,God can give you His own joy. Today we live in a joyless world where people are without inner joy. In her book Finding Joy: 101 Ways to free your spirit”, Charlotte Davis Kasl says “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all. Joy brings hope and hope brings joy. Sometimes we lose contact with that voice and feel despair. The bird of joy that perches in your soul never stops singing – we just stop listening. You have the power to create happiness in your life. The potential for joy is within you”. She suggests we take time to remember the good things we have done in the past,the risks we took,how we survived,and the joy we experienced along the way. I believe in taking on board these suggestions,God continues to work in our hearts. You will probably travel through some dark nights and valleys with despair and darkness. But don’t give up because you will discover what the Psalmist said in Psalm 146:5 “Happy are those whose hope is in the Lord their God”.