Helpless, Not Hopeless
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a situation in which you had ZERO control and it felt like your life was over? I associate that same gut-wrenching feeling with many terrifying moments in my life. We have all experienced this before.
The funny thing is we can almost surely tell you many of the details surrounding that event. Who was there, where it was, even what day and time it was! These moments tend to stick in our brains like a footprint in wet cement.
I believe I had one of those experiences this last week. Lauren and I were traveling with my in-laws to vacation near Colorado Springs, CO. We were about 30 minutes out from our cabin when our phones began to alert us of flash flooding and tornado warnings. We’re from Kansas so obviously we kept driving.
Not five minutes later we were pulled off to the side of the road with our heads tucked together and our hearts praying for safety. As we were sitting there listening to the hail strike our vehicles and watching the water rush by, the only thing I felt was helpless.
I didn’t think of it at the time, but later a verse came to mind:
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1:2-3
This verse holds much weight and significance in my heart. These moments of doubt, fear, and helplessness are actually opportunities for our faith in Jesus to increase all the more.
As Christians we sometimes believe that having faith means that we’re always sure, always right, and never faltering, but I love this verse in James so much because it reminds me that I’m wrong when I believe that.
The Lord lets us walk through these various trials, not to hurt us, but for a process of making us steadfast in Him! And sometimes we need this sweet reminder from the Lord about who is in control.
I pray this is a reminder to all of us, that in the midst of our helplessness, there is always Hope. That hope is not in ourselves, but in the One who He sent for us.