I know many of us may be struggling with various things tonight. Some are struggling with anxiety, depression, or health issues. Others are grieving and sorrowful. Some are worried about financial issues, challenges within our families, or perhaps we’re overwhelmed with life in general.

There are so many struggles in this life, aren’t there?

And I know you might wonder if it will ever get better? Sometimes we ask if it will ever stop hurting?

I can not promise you perfection in this life, and I won’t offer platitudes or easy answers. Some things, once broken, will never be the same this side of Heaven. As painful as that is to write, we all know it to be true.

But friends, this I do know, and believe with all my soul: God is not done, and He is good.

God is The Redeemer. God is The Creator. And this creative Redeemer is doing something new. He’s doing something new in your life because that’s what God does. He makes broken things beautiful. He restores relationships. He consoles the grieving. He breathes life into dry bones. He brings wholeness to the brokenhearted. He redeems that which is torn apart.

Ultimately, He restores our soul.

How do I know this to be true? It’s not because I heard it preached from a pulpit growing up, though I did. It’s not because my Sunday School teacher told me so. It’s because I’ve seen it happen in my own life, time and time again. More than once, I’ve felt the outstretched hand of God pull me up from the floor where I was crying. More than once, I’ve seen God make beauty from ashes.

Why did He do this? Because I’m His daughter. And friend, you too are His beloved child, and you are loved . . . fiercely loved by Almighty God.

This world is brutal at times. We aren’t always protected from despair and heartache.

But don’t give up hope. Don’t believe the lie that joy is gone for good. Don’t believe the lie that laughter will never again fill your home. Don’t believe the lie that God has forsaken you or that He is not good.

Because the truth is this. God is not done, my friend. He is doing something new.

Isaiah 43:1-2;19 “But now, this is what the Lord says—He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. . . See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

This post originally appeared on No Mama’s Perfect

 

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Ginger Hughes

Ginger Hughes is the wife of a pastor, a mother to Ella and Elam, and a part-time accountant.  She is a Georgia native, but presently calls the foothills of North Carolina home.  She loves coffee, nature, and reading, but with two children under six, she struggles to find time in the day for any of the above!   She is a Christ follower and a fellow struggler on life’s journey who seeks to find joy in the everyday. Her passion for writing is fueled by the desire to offer encouragement, grace, and a deeper understanding that we are all God’s children, that we are not alone in our brokenness, and that we are all deeply loved.  You can read more of her writings at nomamasperfect.com