Is God Still Good When Life Hurts?

by Denise Roberts

Dad was diagnosed with cognitive decline five or so years before his death. Although the doctors never put a name to it, the reality was Alzheimer’s disease. We had seen the signs.

An engineer by trade, he could no longer troubleshoot the systems he helped design and install. The man, who in my opinion, could do anything, and who had practically rebuilt an old home as a hobby, was unable to install an electrical outlet.

Naturally quiet, he became more withdrawn from conversations.

Anyone who has traveled this path with a loved one knows how difficult it is to witness your loved one fade away.

When the neurologist confirmed what we suspected, my prayers began in earnest. For healing, yes. But really for more.

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Door Post Verses: Finding True Refuge

A Guest Post by Denise Roberts

Katy here. Today is the first time Denise Roberts has written a guest post for me. She has written for Refresh, and she leads the women’s ministry at her church. I know you will be blessed by her post in our Door Post Verses series.

Scriptures:
Psalm 61:3
Psalm 62:5-8
Psalm 91
Proverbs 30:5
Matthew 11:28-30

My family moved in 2000 for my husband’s dream job. We left behind best friends and a home we loved. This was not a move I wanted, and I made life very difficult for my husband and children. In the midst of believing that life was unfair, I took refuge in anger and bitterness. Maybe that sounds odd. We often think of refuge as a place of tranquility, peace, beauty, and protection. A safe place for wild animals or birds. A place to ride out a storm.

But isn’t it possible that sometimes we take refuge—seek shelter—in things or people who we think help us feel protected and safe but actually don’t?

My heart was hurting and in the absence of knowing where to go for true shelter, I sought escape and protection in resentment and wall-building against my loved ones. This type of refuge masqueraded as protection against the hurt, but all it really did was cause more isolation.

 

 

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