Written by Paige Junaeus
It is easy to worship God when things are going great in your life- when he has provided food, family, health, and happy situations. But circumstances are not always pleasant. How do you worship God then? What do you do when God seems a million miles away?
I’ll never forget where I was and what I was doing when my husband said to me, “honey you got a phone call.” It was my brother Tim on the other end, barely holding it together. With a crack in his voice he said to me, “We lost the battle!” Our brother has passed away, he’s gone! That was a very difficult thing to hear. He was in the prime of his life with a hopeful future ahead of him.
The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, thanking God during a trial, trusting him when tempted, surrendering while suffering, and loving him when he seems distant. ‘Yea, sounds good on paper, right! I wish I could have told you, ” that’s exactly what happen to me”. But I would be fabricating the truth if I did.
You see, in real times of loss and feeling that God is at a distant, separated or maybe even silent. Can be a real experience of emptiness in a human heart. In the case of my brothers death, I was hurt, full of questions and holding on to my faith, all at the same time. I thought in my mind, God where are you? As I finally found my place of prayer and cried out to the Lord, I immediately knew of His Presence, and realized that He was holding me together. His faithfulness is our shield! His healing is everlasting!