“Faith widens our lens of our limited human understanding, giving us the graced view of eternal perspective to see that all is well in God. It’s the veiled revelation of living faith that allows us to see Christ in the midst of our pain, as our hearts open up to anchor themselves in the promise of life beyond the grave, which is the ground of hope.” Mary’s Way The Power of Entrusting Your Child to God, Judy Landrieu Klein
Have you had moments when your faith was weak? Moments when you were in the valley or in shear darkness? Perhaps, you couldn’t see past the circumstance you were dealing with and you were just fighting to survive, to keep your head above the water?
There was a time in my life when my lens was very narrow. All I could see was the storm I was in. I bobbed in the ocean I was swimming in, just trying to keep my head up and above the surface. Physically I was surviving but spiritually and emotionally I was drowning. Then one day, this little spark of faith widened my lens and opened my heart. I began to anchor myself in the love I found.
I found this man, who was human and divine. His eyes looked upon me with love and sadness at the same time. He knew my pain because He had felt an enormous pain of His own. He was rejected no matter how He loved. He was stripped of His clothes, beaten and spit upon for His love. He endured the greatest level of humiliation. Yet, His love remained. It was unfailing and unwavering. When I came face to face with Him and saw His enormous love radiating towards me, I knew my life was transforming. No matter my rejection, my humiliation, my brokenness, He loved me.
Have you ever felt this love – truly experienced it? Have you felt it in the midst of your pain and suffering?
If you are struggling in your marriage, your health, with addictions, parenting, loss of a loved one, any relationship or brokenness, try embracing it. Allow the veil of darkness to drop and see Jesus looking right at you with love and sadness. Give thanks for your cross and allow Jesus to be your Simon of Cyrene lifting the greatest weight of your cross so that you can complete the journey of hope and glory that is beyond the grave, in the light shining in the midst of the darkness.
Discover the power or prayer in these darkest moments. Embrace His gaze upon you as you kneel before Him, praying for those who hurt you, for His will in your health and addictions, for comfort through your loss, or to mend your brokenness. He loves you to the “heavens” and back, even in your weakest, darkest moments.
Understanding in why we are asked to carry these crosses is beyond our limited view. In all things, God is good. When our FAITH is tested and strengthened, we are given a greater perspective revealing this goodness of God anchored in the center of our circumstance. May your faith be strengthened when the storms of life test it the most.