If you are a faithful reader of this blog or if you know me very well personally, then you are expecting the first line to read something like… “what a great week we had” or “I am so excited about” or something similar. Today I cannot do that.
Before any of you jump to conclusions… I am personally doing well. My health and ministry are fine. I am still walking everyday, feeling better everyday, blessed by more students in our English programs everyday, and I am amazed by the opportunities that come before me.
But this week has been horrible for other people in my life … both here in Nicaragua and the U.S.. At least 7 people that I either know well or am related to have had some sort of life altering news, personal setback, or major challenges this week. I am sure that there are probably 100, maybe 1000 more that I don’t know about. The last few months have cemented in my own life how difficult our existence here is. For most of the folks I know … even some who have a relative life of ease financially and socially… life is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard. It’s grueling. It doesn’t take prisoners. But read on my friends … read on.
There is a song written by Scott Wesley Brown and Gregg Nelson called “When Answers Aren’t Enough” that sums up the hope we have. It expresses the fact that sometimes the church words and hymns and “I’ll be praying for you” sentiments (while appreciated) just don’t fill that void or heartache or hurt. Fortunately for us, we have more than that. We have the promises of a God who loved us so much He sent us the ultimate comfort… the ultimate hope … the ultimate balm for all of our pain … He sent us Jesus.
So if you are one of the seven I know about… or if you are one of the thousands I don’t know about… I want to share these lyrics. I hope you get some comfort from the words of this great song….
“1. You have faced the mountains of desperation
You have climbed, you have fought, you have won
But this valley that lies coldly before you
Casts a shadow you cannot overcome
2. And just when you thought you had it all together
You knew every verse to get you “
But this time the sorrow broke more than just your heart
And reciting all those verses just won’t do
When answers aren’t enough, there is Jesus
He is more than just an answer to your prayer
And your heart will find a safe and peaceful refuge
When answers aren’t enough, He is there
3. Instead of asking why did it happen
Think of where it can lead you from here
And as your pain is slowly easing, you can find a greater reason
To live your life triumphant through the tears.”
Dios te bendiga, Jeff