He’s so upset by what he sees, he falls flat on his face. Again.
Daniel had fallen to the ground in fear over seeing the holy messenger, but stands back up He then sees the vision, and is so distraught over what he has seen and what it will mean for the people, that he falls to the ground again. (Dan 10)
He falls down AGAIN. His face is in the dirt and grass, right there by the river.
Can I just be honest and say I relate to the emotions Daniel seems to be having here? And, I’m thankful God chose to include these details in His Word.
God could have just let us think that Daniel, who braved the Lions Den and stood strong against his culture, was just always a superman without emotion.
But that isn’t how it was.
Daniel, like others God chose to use, was a real man with real emotions.
He said, “my sorrows have overwhelmed me and I have retained no strength” (Dan 10:16)
And with that, many of us can relate to Daniel.
Our sorrows have seemed to have multiplied. We look at our world and little seems normal and many things seem wrong. Way wrong.
Places we like to go, friends we like to see, things we like to do have all been impacted by this pandemic. We miss church. We miss hugs.
We turn on the news and see people rioting and burning down their own neighborhoods, and our hearts are worried over just what this world will be like for our kids and grandkids.
Will it get better? Will it get worse?
Are we headed toward harder days and the End Times soon?
Y’all, I don’t know.
Part of me is excited about that prospect. But part of me, the flesh part of me, gets a little nervous when I think about how hard it might get. Toilet paper and Lysol wipes may be the least of our concerns.
There is lots we don’t know, and lots we won’t know until we know. (you know?😉)
But there is something we do know now. There is something we need to remember…
God won’t leave us. He won’t ever leave those who call on His Name. He will be with us in the fire.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut 31:6)
We won’t know what that looks like until we are there. But when we are there (if we are there in the End of Days or just the hard days around the corner in 2020) He WILL BE THERE.
…and His presence will be enough to sustain us when all else seems to fail us… MORE than enough!
Let’s remember this! Let’s remind others of this!
And, if you are face down on the ground right now with emotions, know God uses people just like you.
So hold on. God will strengthen you and give you just what you need in the moment you need it. His grace is sufficient and made perfect in our weaknesses, in hard times like these, because these are the times we learn to depend on Him more and more. (2Cor 12:9)