What To Do When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

What To Do When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

By Michelle Cote

12. Stand On God’s Promises
When you are in the middle of a challenging time in your life, when nothing seems to be as it should be, that is the very moment that you need to stand on the promises of God. God always fulfills His Promises. It is His very nature. He cannot lie and He is Faithful. We need to make God’s promises bigger than our problems, heartaches, and disappointments.

Horatio Spafford gave the account that after losing his son, then his four daughters at sea; in his despair, God’s promises began to penetrate the darkness of grief and began to shine light into his soul. As he poured out his heart before the Lord, he penned these familiar words:

“When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

Wow! Did you notice what penetrated the darkness of grief and shined light into his soul? It was the promises of God! God’s promises are sure, like nothing else in this world. God’s promises are penned throughout the Scriptures. They are golden nuggets of truth, comfort, and wisdom. The more you become familiar with them, the easier they will be to recall in times of distress. Here are a few to encourage your heart today (List is adapted from “Unexpected” by Christine Caine):

His grace is sufficient for you. (II Cor. 12:9)
He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
He is working all things together for your good and His glory. (Romans 8:28)
No weapon formed against you shall prevail. (Isaiah 54:17)
You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus Who strengthens you. (Romans 8:37)
Greater is He that is in you, than he who is in the world. (I John 4:4)
Our God is for you. (Romans 8:31)
God is your very present help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
God cares for you. (I Peter 5:7)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
He will provide streams in your desert. (Isaiah 43:19)
He will cause impenetrable walls to come down. (Joshua 6:20)
God will make a way where there is no way. (Isaiah 43:16)
He will turn your mourning into gladness. (Psalm 30:11)
He will turn your sorrow into joy. (Psalm 30:11)
He will bind up your broken heart. (Psalm 147:3)
He will deliver you from your enemies. (Psalm 60:12)
He will defeat your giants. (I Samuel 14:47)
No temptation will be more than you can bear. (I Cor. 10:13)
He who promised you will be faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)

Remembering God’s promises and love for you will sustain you through your time of suffering. Stand on them today!

What To Do When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

What To Do When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

By Michelle Cote

11. Realize “This Too Shall Pass”
I’ve heard it said that life is such that you are either headed into a trial, in the midst of a trial, or coming out of a trial. I believe that to be true. Every human being experiences both times of great joy and sunshine and times of hardship and darkness. I love this quote from Barbara Johnson, “To come out of the darkness into the sunshine, it helps to remember you’re in a tunnel, not a cave.”

There is always light at the end of the tunnel!

During this global crisis with the Corona virus, it may seem like a very dark time, and it is! You may feel like you’re in a cave, especially since we are needing to practice social distancing and we are more isolated. But please be encouraged! This pandemic will not last forever. We will get through to the other side! There is going to be a time in the future where life is going to be “normal” again. And best of all, we don’t have to walk through this tunnel alone. The following is a wonderful excerpt from Tunnel Walking by Evangelist Robert Maner:
“Jesus will walk with you down your long dark tunnel. At first even His presence may seem far away. But if you look, and feel, He is there. Right by your side you can feel Him standing there. Suppose you had to walk this path alone? But you don’t-He is actually there. You can talk with Him. Share your bitterness, your anger, your guilt. Tell Him how depressed you are. Tell how afraid of the darkness you are. Tell Him how lonely you are.
He provides courage in that dark tunnel life has forced you to walk…
While you may see no light at the end of your tunnel, you never know when the tunnel will curve. And right around the curve may burst the light of a great new day. You cannot see it from where you are now, but it is there.
Then, too, every tunnel ends someplace. Otherwise it would be just a cave. And life is definitely not a cave for the Christian. Jesus verified that by His resurrection.”

Dear Friend, no matter how dark or how devastating your trial is, if you lean on the Lord Jesus, the Light of the World, you will get through to the other side!