Abby ShieldsDear Friend,

The people that walk through the doors of my counseling office have been hit in the face by some of life’s toughest circumstances. Their hearts are heavy from being in the pit of life and they can’t seem to see a way out. Broken marriages, the loss of a child, and abuse of all kinds naturally leave them with emotions so overwhelming, they lose faith in a better tomorrow and lose hope that God can do anything to ease their pain. Their perspective is blinded by their feelings and many times they feel like giving up.

I think the natural thing to think when you hear these stories of heartache is, “What do I even say? How can I even help?” There are many responses to these questions but after recently hearing a pastor preach from the book of Habakkuk I would say, “Help them climb up in the tower.” The book of Habakkuk was written during a time of immense persecution of God’s people. They are being attacked by Assyria and Babylon and God seems to be doing little to nothing to stop it. Because of this, Habakkuk spends most of chapter 1 complaining to God and asking questions like, “Where are you God,” and “Why are you allowing this to happen?” Don’t these questions sound familiar? Yet, just prior to God answering him, Habakkuk says in chapter 2 verse 1, “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the TOWER, and will watch to see what he will say unto me,…”

The question to ask here is, why would Habakkuk climb up into a tower? Why does anyone climb up into a tower? The answer is simple. You climb up into a tower to see things you can’t see when you are down in the pit. You climb up into a tower to get a new perspective on what is happening on the ground. You climb up in the tower because on the ground things look bleak and hopeless, but from the tower you can see a way through.

The heart of No Heart Left Behind is to help these hurting people who see no end to their pain climb up into the tower and gain new perspective of their circumstances. We want them to see that there is hope in the darkness and his name is Jesus. We do this by surrounding and encouraging them with the transformative love of the gospel and pointing them to the truth of God’s Word. For the promises of God found in his Word are unchanging. They are not swayed by circumstance or emotion, rather they stand true every time. When we climb in the tower and bask in the truth of God’s word, we get His perspective on our reality. It is this new perspective that encourages us to remain faithful.

The burden I feel for the pain and suffering of my clients is heavy. Their pain is real and it is only through God’s word and encouragement from his people that they can see light through the darkness. May you also be encouraged, whether in a valley or a mountain top, to climb up in the tower and get God’s perspective on the things in your life. God Bless!

In His Grip,

Abby Shields

 

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