When the wrapping paper is darkness
and your eyes are blinded by tears,
how will you recognize a gift from God
for what it is?
What will convince you to tug
on that black ribbon
and see what’s inside
Will you hear the angels whisper?
Will you feel them take your hands?
Will you allow them to gently guide your fingers
and untangle the knotted threads?
In the midnight of your heartache,
will you open up
into the mystery of Light?
Will you discover the hidden
beams of Love
that were intended for you all along?
In John 16:33, Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart – I have overcome the world.”
When we’re having troubles of our own, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that God has literally overcome every struggle we can possibly go through and more.
As we navigate our own personal tragedies and heartaches, the question is: will we bow down to our human despair or open our hearts to the infinite power of Christ, who rose from the dead and His spirit that can help us rise from the ashes of whatever we’re going through.
In Hebrews 11:1, we hear “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
When we persevere in faith through the trials of our lives, we open ourselves up into the mystery of God’s light that shines in the darkness of our human experiences. Through prayer, we can discover peace, comfort, love, strength and courage far beyond our earthly capabilities because they are pure gifts from God, invisible but more powerful than any suffering we can experience.
Lord, give us the gift of faith and the grace to seek you through the trials of our lives. Help us to believe in the invisible reality of Your presence and power with us, even when our hearts are breaking and we can’t see any tangible signs of hope. Help us discover the gifts of Your Spirit through our times of adversity. In Jesus name we pray, Amen
What gifts from God have you discovered through the heartache of your own life? Comment below, and I’ll be delighted to keep you in my prayers.
Written by Nicky Gant http://www.uniteinprayer.org Copywrite 1/4/2019