Dealing with adversity

And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters [subsided] ... Genesis 8:1

When my desert eclipsed into darkness and the worst of my circumstances made the days drift eerily into months, financial difficulties snowballed, and my physical condition took a downhill run, I said, "God, what are you doing? Did you forget about me?"

Adversity tightened my grip on God's promises, however, and I refused to relinquish my hold on His Word. The answers were all there, waiting for me, and I began to see them as He revealed them to me, one at a time.

You see, He could reveal the answers only as I became ready to receive.

Have you ever handed a 2-year-old an entire banana? He will make every effort to stuff that whole fruit into his tiny mouth, and before you know it, he's choking. My Daddy in Heaven, however, will always remember to cut the banana into bite-sized portions, according to my ability to consume and digest each helping of sustenance.

If God remembered all the animals, He will not forget about us. He loves us more than a father and mother love their own flesh and blood. Human parents will give up their lives to save their children, and God did just that. Human parents will give their children the world. God gave us the world, and heaven, too.

Nonetheless - and this is important - if our human parents were too afflicted to love us as they were meant to, we still have God, the perfect parent, forever.

Today I must get ready to receive the answers that God has lovingly woven into the tapestry of my life.

Today I remember that God has not forgotten me any more than He forgot about Noah and all the animals on the boat.

Dear God, please help me to remember that each day is but a preparation for the next. I may not see the answers today, but I choose to believe they are there, waiting for my readiness to receive them. Amen.

Adapted from Out of the Desert, Softly, by Dianne Finnegan Wilson. You may e-mail Ms. Wilson by visiting www.pensepublishing.com.