~~~~~~It's a Good Thing to Hope for Help from God
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: Stomping down hard on luckless prisoners, refusing justice to victims in the court of High God, Tampering with evidence—the Master does not approve of such things.
~Lamentations 3:19-36 (The Message)
~~~~~~It is necessary to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, off of our selves and our garbage. Hold fast to God, persevere. Engage in releasing the garbage to God who will sort it and make all things new - to His glory. Do not try to hold on to the garbage of yesterday. Get before God, release it all to Him - do not try to take it back - and then live fully engaged in the newness of the day. Looking up, looking forward. Not looking back.
....And you know what? If you you have any doubts, I am telling you, You can do it! With God you can!