Max Lucado tells the story of faithful words found on the wall of a concentration camp:
”I believe in the sun, even though it doesn’t shine.
I believe in love, even when it isn’t shown.
I believe in God, even when he doesn’t speak.”
Max asks the question, “What eyes could have seen good in such horror?” And his answer: “Eyes that chose to see the unseen.”
How amazing was the faith of that concentration camp prisoner. I can’t imagine the horrors he witnessed and experienced.
Jesus knew well about horror. Knowing his death was at hand, he took three of his most beloved disciples with him to pray. Peter, James, and John were not only his disciples, but they were his friends. He asked them to stay awake and wait for him as he prayed. Despite their love for him, however, the exhausted disciples slept. Luke tells us that Jesus was in such anguish the “drops of blood fell from his body.” And yet, his request to God that the yoke he bore would be lifted from his shoulders was followed by “not my will, but your will be done.” (Matt. 26:39) Jesus’ strength could only be found through faith and obedience. And where would we be if Jesus had not possessed such strength; lost and buried under a mountain of sin. Praise God for the strength of our Savior!
Like me, you have probably experienced some very dark times during your walk through this life. If you haven’t, stop reading and give thanks to God for sparing you. Sometimes it’s difficult to look through the thick clouds of despair and see the light of relief, but it’s there. Every storm I have ever experienced has ended with soft rays of sunshine breaking through the overcast. It can be that way with the trials of our lives as well. When the going gets tough; have faith and look for the unseen. Reach out to God and hang on with all your might as he carries you through the storm.
God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble. The LORD All-Powerful is with us; the God of Jacob is our defender. Psalm 16:1, 11