Holding Onto God in the Middle of the Storm

I cry out to God. I know my Father. I know He loves me. I don’t know why my situation is such. But I know He’s a good Father and I know He hears me.

By Nancy Flory Published on August 11, 2017

My three-year-old wrapped his little arms around my neck. Sobbing, he told me “Mommy, I miss Daddy.” Daddy’s been gone a week after relapsing on alcohol. And I found out that he has been unfaithful. We don’t know where he is. But we do know where our heavenly Father is. Here’s how I hold onto Him in the middle of my storm.

Cry Out to God

I just let my son cry into my neck. I cried, too. This separation has been one of the most difficult times in my life. I miss my husband. I’m heartbroken for our son. This is not something I can control. And that scares me. In the middle of the pain and frustration, I cry out to God. I know my Father. I know He loves me. I don’t know why my situation is such. But I know He’s a good Father and I know He hears me.

Stay in His Word

Another way I make it through the storm is through Bible reading.

I know He hears me. 1 John 5:14-15 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

Our Father will take care of my son. Psalms 68:4-5 says, “Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him — his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” I encouraged my son that he has a Father who loves him incredibly and unconditionally. I do, too.

I know who is in control. Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

We are very valuable to Him. Luke 12:24 says, “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!”

Our tears are not in vain. Psalm 126:5 says “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.”

When my husband is unfaithful, God is faithful. Psalm 33:4 says, “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.”

Rejoice Through the Pain

“Rejoice before him”: I listen to uplifting songs about praising God. There’s nothing that will take away heartache faster than a heart willing to praise God — in the middle of suffering and trouble. My favorite new song is “Praise Him” by Mary Mary. 

Here are some of the lyrics:

In the corners of mind

I just can’t seem to find a reason to believe

That I can break free

Cause you see I have been down for so long

Feel like the hope is gone

But as I lift my hands, I understand

That I should praise you through my circumstance

Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance

I just wanna praise you

I just wanna praise you

You broke the chains now I can lift my hands

And I’m gonna praise you

I’m gonna praise you

I praise Him — even in the middle of my seemingly tragic circumstance. After all, He’s good because He is God — not because everything in my life is going well.

He is faithful and true to His word. I believe Him when He says He will be the father to the fatherless. I believe Him when He says He’s in control. I believe Him when He says I will reap with songs of joy. 

Take my shackles off, Lord, so I can dance. And no matter what happens, I will praise You.

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  • Sean McQueen

    Nancy, you are the only Christian writer that I know of that blesses us with stories that bring hope and joy in these dark times.

    I’m grateful that God is keeping you and strengthening you through your situation. I have and will continue to pray for you and your family; that God will heal, deliver, redeem, and restore. I know that as you sow seeds of joy for us all, you will also reap a harvest of joy for you and your family.

    Thank you so much for what you do. May God bless and comfort you as you cling to Him.

    • Nancy Flory

      Thank you very much.
      God bless,
      Nancy

  • Anne E. Reid

    Asking God to surround your son and yourself with his legions of angels. Amen. I grew up with an alcoholic father, it was not easy for my mom or siblings. By the grace of God, we pressed forward.

  • lighthouseseeker

    Keep looking up and praising, tell the enemy to take his hands of you and your son. You are bought with the precious blood of Jesus, let Jesus fight the battle! Amen

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