A few weeks ago Minneapolis had a tornado warning. Three actually, all in the same afternoon. (For those of you oblivious to weather, that means a tornado will almost definitely form. And cause destruction. And death. Tornado warning=not good). This was the first time I was away from my wife when there was imminent danger and I was helpless to protect her (Not like I could do much to a tornado anyway).
We’ve been married for over a year now (413 days today, but who’s counting?) and it’s been one of the greatest years of my life. And even though it’s only been a relatively short time being her husband, I couldn’t imagine what life would be like without her. I wouldn’t know what to do without her. Before I get too sentimental here, my point isn’t how awesome marriage is–I’ll save that for another day. Even though it’s been the best year of my life, we’ve had challenges too. Issues we’ve had to work out. Past wounds we’ve had to open up for Christ to heal. Circumstances that are ugly. We’ve had friends close to us lose parents, go through intense family struggles, financial hardships, still-born children, miscarriages–it’s been a trying year. But God isn’t distant, he’s here. He’s a very real presence.
But God (my favorite words ever).
All throughout the hard times God continually draws me to the truths of who he is, and his great love for us:
Nevertheless, I am contiually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? and there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:23-28 (emphasis mine).
Though our flesh and hearts may fail, God is our strength and portion, forever.
Though everything seems impossible, God does the impossible.
Even through still-born children.
Even through divorce of parents.
Even through tornados. God is our strength and portion. Forever and ever.
Maybe you can identify with some of these situations. Maybe you can identify with the hopelessness of life the psalmist paints for us. I hope this truth I’ve shared encourages you. Lifts you up. I would also recommend that you check out this phenomenal song by KB, an up and coming Reach Record rapper, about these very verses in this Psalm. It’s beyond legit and a current favorite in the Dembeck household.