Helpless, but not hopeless


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You feel like an cornered animal. You want your parents to stop fighting, and there is nothing you can do. You want your husband to be the good father your kids need, and he continues unfaithful or abusive. You have cancer.

Americans love — no, need — to have everything under control. What do you do when life spins out of control? Frustration boils over. How do you keep sane in insane circumstances? How do you tolerate intolerable acts?

I was falsely accused by an extortionist in Guatemala. It was a “big bad gringo takes

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advantage of a helpless Guatemalan” scenario. I was very much afraid I would be sent to jail, but since the accusations were utterly false, I would not capitulate to the extortion (If he pays $—-, I will drop the charges).

I fasted four days a week. I went to bed afraid the cops would come and get me. I woke up thinking the cops would pick me up.

369787819373451012_bQuSJOKx_bWell, I got a lawyer. God defended me. Innocent I was, and I was found innocent.

Don’t run away screaming. Don’t cut your wrist. Don’t intern yourself in a mental institution. You need something to hold on to when your world tumbles down like the proverbial house of cards.

We Christians hold on to God. He is a friend and a lover. When everything you always wanted becomes everything you always feared, God will sustain you if you flee to him. You may be helpless to change unchangeable circumstances, but hopeless you are not.

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12 responses to “Helpless, but not hopeless

  1. The way things are going in the US, we’re going to need this advice a lot!

  2. Amen and Amen. God renews hope if we open ourselves up to receive it.

  3. Amen! It is always discouraging to see that unbelivers react to distress as if there is not God and believers react as if they do not serve a God!

  4. “How do you keep sane in insane circumstances? How do you tolerate intolerable acts?”
    Your words here are beautiful, and the answer to them even more so.

  5. Thanks for sharing that great testimony…….we serve a nighty God!

  6. What a wonderful post. It expanded my heart! It came from the heart of someone who has lived it and still lives it!

    Diane

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