Are we allowing ourselves to fall down into our fears and not be lifted up by God?
St. Peter was facing death and at the end of his rescue from King Herod did he recover his senses of God’s love and protection. It was in looking back that he realized the presence of God in his life. Do we not also comprehend God’s love only after the fact?
In the moment of fear and pain it may be hard to see God guiding us. We may fall into denial of God’s love. It may be only after years of facing such challenges that we fully see God working with us. This can even happen many times in our lives and still in times of problems we still begin to doubt.
Are we able to grow in our Christian faith everytime we face a challenge? Do we think back to a time when we were overburdened but God saw us through it? Or do we recall other people in history, including in our own families, who lived through horrific challenges but attest to God helping them through it?
Can we spend time today remembering how God has helped us in our lifetime? Can we read a bible story of someone being led by God through their own problems? May this recalling empower our faith the next time we face a fear, pain, or death. God is with us.