Was just reflecting this morning on how, in certain situations, it is difficult to rest in the knowledge that God is in control and that He has a plan. I have a couple of family members who are in situations in which other family members and I can do very little to help outside of just being there to provide a shoulder to lean on, and to give encouragement and support to. You want to think that giving that shoulder and encouragement is enough, but deep down you agonize to try and figure out ways you can help them through their situations so their lives can get back to normal, but the agonizing is fruitless because usually you come up empty.
It is at this point it usually kicks in in living color that God is in control and that He has a plan for everyone, and the fact that the situations in question are beyond your control should not cause you to doubt yourself when it comes to trying to help others work through their struggles and difficulties. He knows. He is working. He’s got it covered. Once that fact washes over you anew, you can rest a little easier even though the worry is still there. This is true not just when you are worried about what’s going on in the lives of family members but also when dealing with the personal day to day struggles that come with life.
For the family members involved here, their faith remains strong in spite of the obstacles they face, and I take great inspiration from that. I’ve heard it said before that the true measure of a person’s character is not how they conduct themselves when everything is going well in their lives, but when it is not. That the faith of these family members is unshaken in spite of the uphill climbs they face is a testament to how they’ve grown & matured in their relationships with God, and certainly inspires me in my walk with God as well.