… and greatly to be praised. (Psalm 96:4)

Yes, I paraphrased a bit, but the thought is the same.

In the pastĀ seven years, many things have happened in my life. My wife miscarried a couple of times. After the first time, I told myself it was God’s will. That when He was ready, we would have a child. Each time after that, when the pregnancy test came back positive, I thought God figured I was ready. Then a few weeks later, that hope was always gone. Three years ago, my wife had an ectopic pregnancy and the doctors went in to look for it. They ended up removing both of her fallopian tubes due to endometriosis. I admit I didn’t understand. I trusted God would let it happen at the perfect time and then it became a physical impossibility for us to have a normal pregnancy. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is now the only possible way for us to have a child of our own. Unfortunately, the company I worked for had insurance that refused to cover any portion of IVF. Yes, I was broken hearted, but I continued to believe God would make a way for us to save the $12,000 required for IVF.

Just over a year ago, I lost my job. I spent a year looking and praying for a new one. I exhausted all of my savings in that year. Last week, God came through for me, letting me finally start a new job. While it’s a commission-only job, I believe God placed me here to be successful. I’m in sales and already have at least one or two deals coming down the pike. More than that, the insurance with this company covers IVF and–I believe–the expensive medications required for it.

God is faithful if we remain faithful. I could not see where He was taking me. It looked like I was on a black road spiraling down into the abyss all alone, but He has remained by my side. As David said, in Psalm 18:33, “He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet and setteth me upon my high places.”

If you are going through tough times, if this portion of your life seems black and empty, I encourage you to remain faithful to our Lord and Savior. You may feel abandoned, but He promised us, “I will never leave thee nor foresake thee.” To paraphrase Paul, we see things through a darkĀ glass right now. We don’t know the future and what God holds in store for us. We can, however, rest assured that He will make every trial a blessing if we will just refuse to listen to that voice of despair. If we will continue to praise Him even in hard times, God will make Himself manifest in our lives and carry us through the valley, setting us high upon the mountain on the other side.

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