Yesterday, one of our Celebrate Recovery young men, was told he wasn’t given the new job he hoped he would get. I, along with some others, were praying this would be the “perfect fit” for him. I had prayed yesterday, giving praise to God for whatever the outcome would be. When he called me to say he’d not been given the job he was angry and particularly angry with God. This young man is new to “living in trust” and yesterday was no time to try and do anything but listen to him. I had to end the call due to a meeting I had to dial into on my computer. He had been part of the step study which just ended and chips were being given last night at Celebrate Recovery for those who finished it. I had thought he likely wouldn’t come. However, he did come and immediately came up to me apologizing for his words and behavior on the phone.
Praising God in the midst of the storm is a tremendously difficult task. Yes, it shows faith, but it also shows maturity. All of this reminded me of the ones who were praying for me in my young years when I was ready to give up on God. They were the ones who praised God in the midst of my storms when I was unable to do so. This morning I praised God for His work with this young man even when he has no idea God is in the midst of this with him. I know God is and I know the outcome will soon shed God’s glorious Light.
The song writer wrote these words: “When you’re up against a struggle that shatters all your dreams and your hopes have been cruelly crushed by Satan’s manifested schemes; and you feel the urge within you to submit to earthly fears; don’t let the faith you’re standing in seem to disappear–Praise the Lord!” Today I PRAISE THE LORD!