When Your Heart is Broken

Life is such that we go through difficulties and heart wrenching stages.  Right now I am at that stage.  I have a family member who is on the brink of destruction, and I can’t even talk to him right now because no one knows where he is.  He pops up on Facebook every once in a while, but he hasn’t responded to any of my posts to him.  The last thing I saw said he was having trouble with the website he was on and he was shutting it down, so I couldn’t even respond.

I feel so helpless.  I pray for him daily, that he will wake up and see what he is doing to himself.  Mostly, I pray that he will seek out Jesus, and surrender to Him.

His mother, I think, has given up on him.  She seems to have abandoned him, but I’m hoping that is not the case.  He has broken her trust and I think she is at her wits end, not knowing what to do.  His sister seems to be the one he turns to the most, but she hasn’t talked to him in a while, and he won’t tell her where he is.  I am hoping he has made the smart choice and gone to one of the missions in the city he lives.

His mother asked me to bring some material that would help him.  I find that a little strange, because even though she may not have turned her back on God completely, she isn’t exactly running to Him in her hour of desperation.  She has completely given up on church.  Because of that, her family is completely disoriented, and seems not to have a solid foundation on which to stand in the midst of the storms of life.

Over the years I and other members of my family who are Born-Again Believers have tried to talk to her, but every time we do, she becomes angry and will either leave the room, or just stop talking to us.  She doesn’t want to hear it.  All I can do is pray that one day she will come to the realization that Jesus is the only answer to the problems she faces.  I just wish that she would listen.  She started out going to church when she was little.  In fact, she was born on one Sunday, and the very next Sunday she was in church.  Once she became a teenager everything fell apart.  From that time to this, she seems to be trying to do everything on her own, not relying on help from anyone, even God.

My heart is so heavy for my family members who are not saved.  I don’t know what to do but pour my heart out to God for their salvation.  My hope is one day the will all come to know Jesus and turn their lives around.

I don’t know how they can go through the storms of life without a solid anchor.  The lyrics to the song, “The Anchor Holds” by Ray Boltz are running through my mind.  Jesus is our Anchor in the storms of life.  We may be completely thrown about, but He is our Anchor, and keeps us from crashing on the rocks of life.   I’ve included the lyrics to this song, hoping that if someone is going through a storm, they will find strength.

 

THE ANCHOR HOLDS

I have journeyed

Through the long, dark night

Out on the open sea

By faith alone

Sight unknown

And yet His eyes were watching me

 

The anchor holds

Though the ship is battered

The anchor holds

Though the sails are torn

I have fallen on my knees

As I faced the raging seas

The anchor holds

In spite of the storm

 

I’ve had visions

I’ve had dreams

I’ve even held them in my hand

But I never knew

They would slip right through

Like they were only grains of sand

 

The anchor holds

Though the ship is battered

The anchor holds

Though the sails are torn

I have fallen on my knees

As I faced the raging seas

The anchor holds

In spite of the storm

 

I have been young

But I am older now

And there has been beauty

That these eyes have seen

But it was in the night

Through the storms of my life

Oh, that’s where God proved

His love to me

 

The anchor holds

Though the ship is battered

The anchor holds

Though the sails are torn

I have fallen on my knees

As I faced the raging seas

The anchor holds

In spite of the storm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSAc5Z2lprk

 

In spite of the problems people have with Ray Boltz, I believe the song is anointed, and God has used it to help people heal.  For me, it is a reminder that no matter what I am going through, I am not going through it alone.  I can hold on to Jesus and know that the situation or struggle will not pull me under.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.”  (Isaiah 43:2 NASB)

 

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