All is Not Lost
by Christine Carter
Have you ever felt like things are hopeless, and you can't see a way out of what feels like a long, dark, never-ending tunnel? If your answer is no, I am happy that is the case, but read ahead anyway, because it's best to learn through other's struggles than to experience them yourselves. For those who answered yes, I am sorry for what you have gone through, I can relate, and you are not alone. In fact, you are never alone.
Life is certainly a journey, and one that sometimes can feel like a rollercoaster ride at best. But along the way, there is definitely hope, and God will never leave you alone. He can make a way where there seems to be no way.
I can relate to the woman with the issue of blood who reached for the hem of Jesus's garment to receive her healing. There are situations that I have been waiting for many years to find a resolution for, and prayed about, cried about, even given up on, if I am honest. But I can still learn from this woman who had faith despite what felt like never ending, insurmountable circumstances. She was literally on the ground, bleeding. But she chose to be near Jesus, and she had faith enough to hope and believe that simply touching the hem of his garment could heal her.
That may have been faith the size of a mustard seed, but it was just enough to bring her God's healing touch that she so desperately needed.
This story can bring each of us hope that no matter how long we have endured difficulties, the possibility of a miracle, and God's healing touch is always very real. I have also felt a kinship with the Israelites wandering in the wilderness. Each day they had just want they needed. Manna from heaven, quail, the sun by day, and a cloud by night to guide them. But they weren't satisfied. They wanted more. How many of us can relate to this feeling? I am sure they wanted to see the promised land, the land flowing with milk and honey. They wanted to feel settled, and comfortable. We all want that in our lives. Many times we learn, God's timing is not ours.
He asks us to trust Him. He wants to lead the way, but we see everything that is wrong in our daily life and think, when is it going to change? Will it ever change? He sees the big picture. I can relate to their desire for more, or just something different, better, settled.
Many of the Israelites did not see the promised land, including Moses.
What do we do with that knowledge? What if our hopes and dreams don't come to us this side of heaven? It doesn't seem fair. We are all human, and we desire to see change in our lifetime. What I have grown to understand in relationship to this need, is to remain prayerful, remain hopeful, and in whatever ways we are able to create positive change within ourselves and our interactions with others, we ought to do that. We can reach out in faith to touch the hem of Jesus's garment, and we can take responsibility to make things better, if we can. God promises us in his word that a mustard seed of faith can move mountains. So, when you feel things are hopeless, Remember, all is not lost. God can make a way where there seems to be no way. Is.43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Deut. 8:2 You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments.
About the Author
Christine Carter is a working mom of a 12-year-old active son Marquis and has been married to her best friend Brent Carter for almost 15 years.
She attends Bethel: the Church at Philadelphia Mills, where she has been attending for almost 12 years.
She is currently a Quality Assurance Specialist at Gate 1 Travel in Fort Washington, PA. She resides in Levittown, PA, where she has lived for most of her life.
She is currently attending John Brown University’s online program where she is working on finishing a Psychology Degree which she began at JBU in NW Arkansas in the 1990s. She expects to graduate in May 2021.
She has always enjoyed writing, and poetry has been her method of choice. She believes that if you have a talent or a gift from God, or a desire to be used for His kingdom, He will make a way. You simply need to be willing.
You can read Christine’s Diary of a Prodigal Daughter column on the 3rd Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.