Keeping the Faith

A good friend is going through a difficult time right now, having some tough issues with her teenaged son.  She is such a dedicated mother, a hardworking, responsible, loving and caring person – it makes my heart hurt knowing how painful this must be for her.

One of the hardest parts about these kinds of rough patches in life is the fear of the unknown.  We project our worst fears onto the future, seeing only that the bad times will escalate, that nothing will be resolved, and disaster will ensue and life will be irrevocably changed. We wonder how we’ll have the strength, the wisdom, the patience to endure.  In the thick of it, when the heart aches and the soul is sore, it’s impossible to imagine how anything good can come of the situation.

Coincidentally, our minister spoke about this subject on Sunday.  The “happily ever after” we all want for our lives doesn’t come easily or right away, he cautioned.  There are always bumps in the road, some bigger than others.  It’s hard to keep the faith, hard to believe that “all things work together for good,” especially in the dark of night when sleep won’t come and our thoughts are beset by fears of what might happen.

That’s when we have to make the biggest leap of all and believe that on the other side of this fresh hell is a bright heaven, one that might completely surprise us, one that might be totally different from what we hoped for or dreamed about or planned upon.

But one that will be good if we let it.

That’s what I believe will happen for my friend and her family.  I’m keeping my eyes on that prize for her.

I’m keeping that faith.  And I hope she can keep it too.

How about you?  How have things worked together for good in your life?




6 thoughts on “Keeping the Faith

  1. The girl from the broken home who wanted a family that stays together… finally has one. The stressed out TV news reporter who thought her career would be over if she changed course… learned that good opportunities continue to appear when you mix faith with action. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, and that’s what keeps me going. I choose to have faith in that.

  2. I’m getting the knack of looking at today and trying not to look too far ahead. Things are a little scary up ahead, but I have the best “here and now” that a person could have. I feel very fortunate.

    I hope things work out for your friend.

  3. I think that part of believing good will soon come is our own perspective, too. When we spin situations and experiences differently, and look at them from new angles, often that’s when the good shines through. I clicked over from Angie’s, enjoyed browsing here …

  4. You know, one of the things I’m beginning to appreciate about growing old is that I very rarely – almost never – worry any longer about what’s to come. I suspect it’s out there lurking, but I’ve been through so much in my life, in a variety of ways, and have survived so much that I just have a sense I’ll survive “what’s next”.

    I hope your friend survives and, even better, thrives once the difficulties have passed.

  5. So very sorry for your friend, Becca. I hope her faith is strong indeed.

    My personal motto — the one hanging over everything I own, it sometimes seems, is “Fully expect the Universe to cooperate.” My cheery, optimistic, half-full attitude often bugs people. I can’t help it. It gets me through. I’ve had a lot of challenges, and I know I’ll have a lot more. But we all do. And you just go on. The way I go on is to find anything decent I can during the dark time. It may be holding the Gypsy. Or listening to music. Observing all the beauty on my walk, the smell of muffins, a good parking place or the smile of a stranger. It doesn’t fix the bad thing, but it makes me realize there is more than the bad thing. Which works for me…

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