Tuesday, 21 November 2017

M Michele's Musings

From Broken Hearted to Comforted

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Today I was fervently praying for my son, and I must confess, there was some worrying and crying mixed with the prayers.  He is going through a terrible time with what seems like overwhelming difficulties with his job, home, wife, children, and finances.  His world seems to be crashing in around  him and he is fighting to survive.   As I prayed and wept, I was transported back to a time when he was just a young boy.  That day is still vivid in my memory.  My father was going on a deep sea fishing trip.  Typically he would bring Tyson with him but this particular trip he could not.  Tyson was broken hearted.  He threw himself across my lap and cried his little heart out.  I was powerless to help; I could only comfort him and cry with him.   I still remember Tyson’s deep sorrow and unrelenting sobbing.  As a mother, I was broken hearted with him.  I remember the overwhelming desire deep within me to help, to change things and make it so he could go but I was completely and totally helpless to do so.   Though Tyson is too far away, not to mention a bit old to throw himself on my lap and cry his heart out, I still feel the same brokenness and sorrow with him.  I want to give him the fishing trip of his dreams and the whole world if I could.  Yet, here I am again, in the same situation; I am entirely and utterly unable to help in any tangible way other than crying and praying my heart out for him.

As my thoughts continued I was reminded that at the time of the fishing trip incident, I was going through a very difficult time myself.  As Tyson lay in my arms weeping, the Lord softly spoke to my heart.  All of the sudden it was if I was the one laying in the Lord’s arms sobbing in His lap, my head upon His shoulder as He gently held me.  I can still remember His comfort washing over me and the knowledge sweeping into the very depths of my soul that just as much as I wanted to help my son, God had the same overwhelming desire to help me.  I knew that He loved me.  I knew that He loved Tyson.  I knew that He was in control of every situation even though everything was not hunky-dory, even though Tyson wasn’t getting his fishing trip and my situation wasn’t changing overnight.  God comforted me and gave me the peace that both Tyson and I would live through our present difficulties.  Though we couldn’t fix things, we could pray and He would be right there with us holding our hands, walking with us to bring us through triumphantly and hopefully a little stronger, wiser and more like His beautiful Son, Jesus. 

From this incident and many others through the years I have learned that the people and the situations we find ourselves in can make it seem as if God isn’t there and isn’t helping.  When our situations don’t change and we have to live through difficulties it’s not because God isn’t able to fix things because he definitely is able.  He created the heavens and the earth.  He created all life teeming upon this great planet.  He can move mountains and part seas.   He is mighty and great.  There is nothing too difficult for Him.  However, sometimes he waits to answer because He has to wait on us and all involved to bend their hearts toward Him so that He can work.  He won’t force, trick or lie to change things.  He waits for our will to be in line with His will.  Sometimes He is trying to teach us to wait.  Sometimes He is working in our hearts to make us stronger as He teaches us to trust Him.  Even when our circumstances are not changed and we don’t have all the answers to our difficulties, He is always working toward a good end, a hope and a future.  He is always in control.  Every single thing in our lives is filtered through His great love for each one of us individually.  He doesn’t give us more than we can bear.   In the meantime, while we pray, trust and wait for answers; He holds us, He comforts us, He prays for us, “ever living to make intercession for us” (Hebrews 7:25b). 

Just as Tyson abandoned all and threw himself into the arms of his mom, we need to throw ourselves into God’s arms and allow His comfort to wash over us.  Though I could not change circumstances then and I can’t change them now, I can pray for Tyson and comfort him.  God will do no less, for He hears our heartfelt prayers.

“The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,

To all who call upon Him in truth.

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;

He will also hear their cry and will save them.”

Psalm 145:18-19

The world didn’t end that day long ago though Tyson thought it had.   That fishing trip wasn’t the last my dad went on and Tyson enjoyed many other fishing trips with him.  My difficulties were not fixed overnight but I learned to trust God in what I was walking through.  I survived to rejoice and in the interim God met my needs and kept me safe and strong.  I believe God will do the same things through Tyson’s current difficult times.

“His favor is for a lifetime;

Weeping may last for the night,

But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”

Psalms 30:5b

Though we can’t change or fix everything, God can and He will in His perfect timing.  For the time being don’t worry; pray, trust and wait for God’s answers.  He will keep you in perfect peace and make you soar like an eagle far above all the difficulties and storms of life. 

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings as eagles;

they shall run, and not be weary;

and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

God is faithful.  He takes care of you.  He loves you.  He holds you.  He comforts you.  Know that He is always working and always in control no matter what circumstances may have befallen you.  He will bring you through victoriously as you trust Him!

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God,

to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,

"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future.

Jerimiah 29:11

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright August 2017 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire 

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  

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