I'm Sticking With God

(originally published November 17, 2011)

I keep going back to Lamentations 3 everyday, turning it over and over in my heart. A friend of mine shared it a few weeks ago, and I haven't been able to get it out of my head since. Perhaps I can pay it forward and do the same for you?

"I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, 
   the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed.
I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— 
   the feeling of hitting the bottom.
But there's one other thing I remember, 
   and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: 

God's loyal love couldn't have run out, 
   his merciful love couldn't have dried up.
They're created new every morning. 
   How great your faithfulness!
I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over). 
   He's all I've got left.  

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, 
   to the woman who diligently seeks.
It's a good thing to quietly hope, 
   quietly hope for help from God.
It's a good thing when you're young
   to stick it out through the hard times.  

When life is heavy and hard to take, 
   go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions: 
   Wait for hope to appear.
Don't run from trouble. Take it full-face. 
   The "worst" is never the worst.  

Why? Because the Master won't ever
   walk out and fail to return.
If he works severely, he also works tenderly. 
   His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.
He takes no pleasure in making life hard, 
   in throwing roadblocks in the way
."

Lamentations 3. 19-33 (MSG)