How to Trust in Jesus When Everything is Falling Apart

| April 6, 2017

how can the gospel fix this?

Have you ever wondered how to trust in Jesus when everything is falling apart? Sometimes we cling to Him when the going gets tough, and sometimes we wonder how things got so far out of control. That’s where this week found me. I’ve been trying to memorize Psalm 62:2 for the past couple of days, and I think Satan took it as a challenge. It says, “{God} alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress, I shall not be greatly shaken” (ESV).

Let me back up a little bit for you though.

Last week I attended a women’s conference that stirred something deep within me. A longing to know Jesus more. Not to just live for Him, but to walk with Him. So, when I came home, I stumbled across Psalm 62:2 in my morning quiet time and clung to it. Everything was going great… until today.

The day started off pretty normal. I spent some time with Jesus, got my kids ready for school, came home and ate breakfast. I even postponed going straight to my desk in favor of some extended quiet time. And then I buckled down and got to work, and Satan stepped in.

Things quickly spiraled out of control. Have you ever been so upset you were physically shaking? That’s where I was. It seemed like everything I touched was falling to pieces (literally). In hindsight, it could have been worse, but in the moment, I was done.

I think I may have actually looked at my Bible with scorn as I wondered how the gospel could fix this. Thankfully, God took up that challenge. After a few tears, I picked up my Bible and started to read. I lost myself in one of the stories from the Old Testament. It didn’t necessarily speak to the moment at hand, but took my eyes off my problems and put them back on Jesus.

And that’s what I needed.

What now Jesus?A little while later I looked at Psalm 62:2 and realized that I had most definitely been greatly shaken. And I felt like a failure. In my moment of distress, I didn’t look to Jesus. I didn’t cling to the cross. I let Satan win.

But God…

We all need a good “but God” now and again don’t we? Well, I felt like a failure, but God whispered in my heart with words I will never forget. “You didn’t fail, you slipped and fell. Now let Me help you up so we can try again.” If’ you’ve ever been there take a moment to let those words sink in.

You are not a failure.

I love God’s foresight. That morning in my extended quiet time, I had read a devotional by Angela Nazworth. She wrote about when she was a teenager and used to go to the skating rink… even though she didn’t really know how to skate. She clung to the carpet wall, afraid to fall. And that fear held her hostage. It kept her from embracing all that the skating rink had to offer.

She wrote about a girl with big hair who skated with ease, but still fell down once and again. The difference was that when the big hair girl fell down, she got back up. She didn’t let it keep her down. She didn’t call it quits. She just stood back up, and started going again.

And that’s where God found me today. I had fallen, and I needed to get back up. Jesus had His hand stretched out, I just needed to grab hold. So wherever today finds you, I pray that you always remember to let Jesus help you back up.

P.S. There is no Candid Conversation video this month, because it was one of the things that fell apart that day. If you’re looking for a video, check out my interview on the Prevailing Prayer Podcast here.

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30 Comments

  • Reply Elizabeth April 6, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Heather, thank you for this reminder to hold on to Jesus… Also a reminder to me that you never know what a day will bring!! 🙂 But Jesus knows.
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    • Reply Heather Hart April 6, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Amen, Elizabeth! We never know what’s coming, do we? But we can trust in Jesus, no matter what’s ahead (or how wrong things go).
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  • Reply Sherry Chamblee April 6, 2017 at 9:57 am

    What a great reminder! Thank you – I needed that.

  • Reply Jaime Hampton April 6, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I had a day kind of like that this week! Thank you Heather, for sharing the hard moments of your own life to encourage others, it spoke to me today.

    • Reply Heather Hart April 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      I am so glad to hear that, Jaime! Not that you had a bad day, but that you can relate, and that this helped.
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  • Reply Jessica Schneider April 6, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt…and got back up. I love that phrase that little piece of scripture “But God…”
    Those two little words move mountains.
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    • Reply Heather Hart April 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Amen, Jessica! I think we all struggle with the ups and downs of life, but God is always with us.
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  • Reply Sheila Qualls April 7, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Gosh! I could use a reminder like this everyday. Not that my life falls apart everyday : ) but inevitably something happens that wrecks something. Focusing on Jesus even when things aren’t falling brings Him to mind sooner when things are falling apart.

    • Reply Heather Hart April 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Yes! That is so true, Sheila! Trusting Jesus in the good times and the bad are equally important. Because ultimately we trust Him or we don’t.
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  • Reply Debbie Erickson April 7, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    It happens to the best of us. Thank God for His grace.
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  • Reply Lauren C. Moye April 7, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    I knew this writing sounded familiar. I was pleasantly surprised to see Heather’s name at the bottom. I very much enjoyed this post and honest look into your relationship, Heather. I will definitely be sharing this one!
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  • Reply Terri April 10, 2017 at 8:50 am

    This is an amazing post, do you mind if I share with my friend who is going thru a tough time, I think this will encourage her

  • Reply Ruth O'Neil April 10, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I don’t know how people get through each day without Him.

    • Reply Heather Hart April 10, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Honestly, I don’t either. My heart breaks for those who are trying to go it alone.
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  • Reply Andrea April 10, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I say these days when it comes to tough times is that God’s got this… 🙂

  • Reply Aleida Lane April 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Beautiful post. Thank you. I love this!

  • Reply Amy Christensen April 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Heather, God is so faithful and I love that He always steps in when we are finally willing to stop fussing and listen. He is good and He is trustworthy, no matter how we are being attacked or how life is falling apart. It is not a feeling, though we long for the feelings so much, it is a fact. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Reply Kristi April 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Isn’t this so true! I had a similar moment tonight. I had a bit of an explosion, gritted my teeth knowing I had to apologize because I shouldn’t have blown up and then focused on praying to guard my heart from allowing it to go further. It’s so easy to just let it go sometimes but I’m thankful when God provides a way to reel ourselves back in!
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    • Reply Heather Hart April 11, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Yes! It seems like the more I grow in my relationship with Jesus, the more I learn about my own sinfulness. I know I’m growing, but it just makes me notice more, I think.
      Heather Hart recently posted…When The Gospel Isn’t Good NewsMy Profile

  • Reply Patricia April 14, 2017 at 10:52 am

    This is the first time I’ve visited your wonderful blog! I found you on Writer Wednesday at Becoming Press. Thank you for your transparency and candidness! I’m sure many of us can relate to your experience – I certainly can! How wonderfully you handled it by going to your Father! Thank you so much for sharing so openly and beautifully!

  • Reply Hope Griffin April 17, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Wonderful reminder. But for God none of us would ever get back up again!
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