Life... well what can we say. It is filled with expected and unexpected events. The joyous moments that make you smile and cry and the tragic events that make you sad and cry.
Both can result in a release. God is brilliant in his ways. He honors those tears, "you have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle” (Psalm 56:8).
God knows that we are fragile beings and that at those times when pain is inflicted upon us, that we cannot handle what is before us. That is why he said that "we must cast our cares on him." 1 Peter 5:7.
When we face adversity and trying times we will at times here people say, things like "you are so strong, I could never be that strong."
The truth is that without God this is not possible. It is God who strengthens, empowers and who is your biggest supporter, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13.
Being strong in the hard times without God will wear down your physical being. We were not built to carry such pain. Our flesh will grow weary quickly.
What people perceive and what is really happening are two totally different things. They see a face with makeup, hair neatly groomed and dressed neatly. God sees the tears, the runny nose, the messy hair and the whaling of pain.
My strength it comes from the Lord. Your strength it comes from the Lord. Don't ever take credit for something God is doing for you.
Me, strong? Nope it is God.