Imagine how the friends of Jesus felt the day after His crucifixion. They were so sure He was the Messiah, the One sent to become their king and free them from Rome. He called Himself the Way, the Truth and the Life, yet in the reality of that moment, it looked like His “way” was to suffer brutal judgment and death!
Faith: the substance of things hoped for
Reality is sometimes rocks our faith and twists our beliefs with doubt and confusion. Perhaps you, too, have had a dream suddenly become a nightmare? Has your hope ever turned to despair? Maybe your future was looking bright but then crisis hit, confusion came or tensions arose and now you’re not sure what is true anymore.
I am a mother who has grieved the loss of a daughter and suffered the emotional turmoil of having a son ensnared in addiction. I know this dream-gone-bad feeling.
As difficult as life gets, the most painful seasons are the times when the truth gets twisted.
The reality of my daughter’s diagnosis was: Ninty-five percent of Trisomy 18 babies are stillborn, the life span of the others is typically five days. My doctors suggested we terminate the pregnancy to save us from grief. It was not easy to accept the reality of our situation, but we didn’t allow the confusion of our options to twist the truth. It would be hard; true. The twisted-truth was that it would be easier if we made the choice. We chose to continue the pregnancy and trust the One who allowed conception.
Faith gives us the strength to face our reality, even when it’s hard. God gave us three miraculous weeks with Rebecca and the challenges her sickness and death presented only made us stronger and wiser. And we have never been haunted by thoughts of what could have been.
Accepting the reality of my son’s addiction had different challenges. Many of you know the disorder and disfunction that the deceit of drugs brings. Discerning the truth is no easy task. Add to the confusion the many treatments, suggestions, opinions and options and it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the daunting reality. Kids make mistakes; true. The twisted-truth comes in many forms, some telling us it’s our fault, or that we have (or should take) control of their lives. We get frustrated when we cannot fix their problems like we did when they were utterly dependent on us. Our hearts shatter when the dream we had for them appears hopeless because of their poor choices.
Faith gives us hope, even when reality looks hopeless. I imagine that the disciples of Christ felt the same kind of hopelessness after their king accepted a cruel judgment and suffered a criminal’s death.
Then came Resurrection Sunday.
When all hope was lost, the Truth untwisted! Jesus hadn’t come to be king; He is the King of Kings! His way wasn’t to endure a brutal defeat; it was to overcome death and make a Way to eternal Life! Easter changes everything!
There is hope! If Jesus can conquer sin and death, then He can redeem us from any mire pit! He didn’t choose the easy way to become King because He knew the whole Truth and now you and I can put our hope in that same Truth.
Sometimes we have to suffer difficulties to become stronger and wiser. There is a whole epidemic of people making poor choices right now, but let’s keep on believing in them because God is able to redeem their mess just as He has ours. This Easter, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, let us focus on the Truth that God is bigger than our challenges! He is able to take our ugly realities and make them into something beautiful. Easter proves that our dreams for our kids are not lost! God can still make them into powerful, productive influences in their communities. I don’t know how it will happen yet, but I believe it! Do you?
As an author and speaker, Catrina’s passion is in helping women and girls overcome confidence conflicts, especially those involving rejection, betrayal and loss. After 30 years in the beauty industry as both a cosmetologist and an image consultant, Catrina now uses her profession, her own powerful stories and her training as a Biblical life-coach to reach the heart in a way that is relatable, encouraging and inspiring. Her message is balanced with both fashion and faith and is making a difference in the lives of women and girls all over! To be part of this movement, connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linked In, Goodreads and consider having her speak at your next event. Visit http://catrinawelch.com for more information.