I have read the story about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego so many times and it has been one of my favorites. However, last Thursday night at the Shane & Shane concert I heard something from the story I’ve never heard…or at least I don’t remember this part of the story. For those who don’t remember the story, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered everyone to bow to this gold image he had created, and whoever would not bow down would be thrown into a fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to and said the God they serve is able to save them.
Here’s the verse that got my attention, Daniel 3:18- “But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
How incredible is that! What a testament of their faith! This verse has consumed me since then and has become my desire- that I can say I know my God can save me. But if he doesn’t I will still believe and follow Him.
So this last week as been the most emotional week I’ve had in a long time. On February 22nd my grandfather was taken to the emergency room. On February 27th my grandmother (from the other side of the family) went into the hospital. On March 1st my uncle was taken in…all 3 at different hospitals.
Then at my Switchgroup I learned that a couple of my girls are going through some extremely difficult times in their lives. They are dealing with family issues which is affecting everything…their self-esteem, their relationships with boys, etc. How heartbreaking to hear at 13 or 14 that you’re worthless or that your mother never wants you to come home at all! Why do they have to go through so much pain? As they told me stories, I struggled with how to be encouraging and tell them it was going to be ok. What if it gets worse before it gets better? And the girl who is already dipping into sexual sin…I can’t tell her it gets better. I struggle with this EVERY single day…being regretful and shameful of what I’ve done.
Any suggestions on how to be encouraging to these precious girls?