It’s no secret that I’m going through a very hard time. There are days I’m not sure I will get through it. I know, in my head, that God’s got this. But, my heart? It often begs to differ. I wonder if this shattered life, shattered heart will ever feel whole and safe again? Seriously, how do you recover from something like this? Worse, how do children come out whole after it?
In the middle of the worst heartbreak, I get the email that Max Lucado’s new book You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for your Turbulent Times is coming to me for review. It’s funny how God’s timing is perfect. In the current storm of life it was like the tiniest whisper “I’m here, I see you.” And then I started reading…
It felt like Max Lucado wrote every single word for me. There will be no loaning this book out to friends. I doubt anyone else could read it- every page is marked up with underlines, notes in the margins, exclamation points and tear stains. The very first paragraph spoke straight to my heart.
“You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naive. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this.”
The book chronicles Joseph’s life- following along as time after time he walks through unthinkable hardships, yet he survived…better yet he thrived! From a pit to the top of a rich man’s home, from jail to 2nd in command in Egypt, from losing his family to saving them. God used every single mess in Joseph’s life to bring about good things-great things!
Max Lucado points out that God redeemed Joseph’s pain. Wow… that is huge. All the horrible in Joseph’s life culminated in amazing things. Without the betrayal of his brothers, and the unjust accusation of Potifar’s wife, his family and all of Egypt may have starved in 7 years of famine! What redemption might God have planned for this mess I find myself plunged into?
This book also reminds me that forgiveness isn’t once and done. The important thing is daily, weekly, hourly, trying to forgive so that bitterness doesn’t set in. This is something I struggle with- having a handle on it one moment, and then something, like the raw pain of a devastated child, bringing all the anger back often, even stronger than before.
It seems that Joseph struggled to forgive his brothers, based on his reactions after they came to Egypt all those years later. After all the brothers did to him, the rough path they set his life on, of course he struggled!
Max Lucado says, “forgiving jerks is the hardest trick in the bag.” But, I have to try, over and over again. “Forgiveness doesn’t diminish justice; it just entrusts it to God.” Forgiveness doesn’t mean the person who hurt me gets off scott free. It just means I’m trusting God to deal with it and moving on with my life so God can redeem this mess!
Is my heart still broken? Yes! Do I have hope? YES!
God will redeem this mess!
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Thanks to Family Christian for providing You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado for review.