I have a coffee cup with a Precious Moments picture of a girl sitting at a desk. There are mounds of paper and bills all around her, and it is obvious that she’s in “over her head”.
The caption on the cup says, “Praise the Lord Anyhow”, though — a reminder to acknowledge God’s hand in all her troubles. –Sort of a “pre-Praise” for the good that is going to come out of it all.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
It is a strange, yet comforting moment when we can give credit to our Creator for work done in the midst of trial. As we, by all worldly standards, seem defeated and without hope, God is still there orchestrating every move….every part of our bodies, every piece of the weary puzzle.
As my family is facing hurdles right now, I just want to stop and thank God for His continual love. Two days of crying out to Him for understanding and wisdom left me in a place of this “illogical praise” yesterday. It’s illogical, because the worldly side of me would have never seen good in any part of our trial. It doesn’t make sense, humanly speaking, to see good in so much bad.
However, God has comforted me and placed me in a position to see above defeat, to truly experience His all-powerful presence.
So….I’m declaring the Victor of all our recent trials! God will be with us as we continue to sort it all out over the next several weeks. Whatever happens, and even in times where it seems like it’s the “end of the world”, God is still in control…
…and I’m going to PRAISE HIM ANYHOW!