In her book And We Are Changed, Priscilla Shirer says this:
Every moment of your life He is working to orchestrate events in order to accomplish His will in your life. When you are in His will, He can use you to influence others. Whether or not you can see Him or feel His presence is irrelevant. You must trust that He is there and that He is at work to create a place for you to shine… God has strategically placed you in the midst of your circumstances as His little lighthouse. He planned and orchestrated it. It is not by mistake that you are there. He has strategically placed you to interrupt the darkness of your circumstances and the circumstances of those around you.
Whether or not we can see Him or feel His presence is irrelevant.
There have been many times over the past few
years, when Andrew and I were in the thick of unsuccessful fertility treatments, that I could not see God. I could not feel His presence. I knew He was present, but I wanted to feel His presence. That’s the thing though:
It does not matter what we want.
God did not send His Son into this world so that we could be comfortable, or so that He could magically grant us everything that we want. He sent His Son into this world so that we could be saved. And beyond that, it’s not about us at all. God does care about our wants and our feelings, but ultimately, those things are irrelevant. Because apart from Christ, our lives are naught.
We exist to be God’s lighthouses.
And our purpose for existence does not change with the our passing circumstances. Because even the most trying of our circumstances is not long-term. Our very existence on this earth is so fleeting; our trials even more so. Just as a lighthouse does not stop shining in even the harshest of storms, neither should our faith stop shining.
Lighthouses were created to shine in the darkness.
They were created to stand firm and bright, as beacons of hope for ships lost at sea. Is that not exactly what we should be? Lighthouses shining for Christ in the midst of a hurting and dying world… in the midst of seemingly hopeless circumstances and lost and searching souls.
If we exist to be God’s lighthouses
Then we must rid ourselves of anything that dims our light… anything that does not foster a holy lifestyle.
We must display the brightest light possible to the world.
This mission does not change because we are facing difficult and painful circumstances. This mission does not change because we do not have children when we thought we would. It does not change even when IVF has failed again. It does not change even when we begin to despise our bodies. God is unchanging; therefore, our mission is unchanging as well.
If God is for us, our circumstances cannot overcome us. If God is within us, we will not fall. He will help us at the break of day. (Psalm 46:5-11)