Our duty, as believers, is to trust, be holy, and renew our mind with God's Word. How can we possibly manage to do just that when our world falls apart all around us and our responsibilities remain? How exactly does a broken spirit, weak and shaken, hold on to the Hand that made it all? Dear one, darkness is still pierced by light. Hold fast.
Trials seem endless, don't they? We grieve a loved one's death, go through a divorce, face difficult choices, lose property, relationships, suffer betrayal, abuse, depression, guilt, inadequacy, fear, and often feel as if we were simply an afterthought in life with no real purpose of our own. When entertained, we begin to believe those lies.
A morning routine seems like quite a challenge to complete. That brave face we put on, and the smile on our faces threaten to fade, revealing the true emotions within. We focus on maintaining our composure, getting things done, and appearing to be having a splendid day. We do it for our children, for ourselves, for privacy, or to avoid embarrassing or awkward moments.
Life must go on, we realize. Our problems don't stop the world from spinning, but we sometimes fail to keep our balance. Allow me to remind you of Jesus' words in Matthew 6:27- "Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?"
We cannot, try as we may, even begin to understand or see the scope of God's work. We can only know with certainty that He remains in control, forever.
It's okay to cry. Not all of our struggles need to be private. Allow yourself to confide in a trusted Christian friend/loved one. One that is capable and willing to tell you the truth, yet listen and empathize.
It's okay to not know what to do next. We don't always have to have everything figured out. That takes away some of our need to have faith and depend on God. Our faith should not be useless, nor based on the gravity of a particular situation. It is to be constant, continuous- no special conditions required.
It's ok to take a day off to cope. We don't really give the best of us when the worst of all battles is raging in our minds. Work will survive, school can be made up, and the house will still stand without our contributions for a day. Or two. We are not superheroes. We will fall and we will fail. We mustn't pressure ourselves to be anything other than humans, in need of our Savior- every moment of our lives. He is the one that gives the strength, will, and grace for each day. He's our Source and Truth- the one we use to correct our hearts, thoughts, and therefore, behaviors. It does not waver; it remains unchanged and unshakable.
We have something the world cannot have because it is neither looking for Him, nor would it recognize Him: the Holy Spirit (John 14:17). We must recognize how rich we are to count on God's help through His Spirit. Pity the world that faces life without Him. Pity them enough to rise above your own matters to continue spreading the Gospel. God needs us to be willing, not perfect.
The efforts to live a godly life must often be multiplied during trying times because we can't excuse ourselves from our duty to honor God. Our faith is tested, stretched, and sometimes doubted. How do we survive that? By taking responsibility of those things that are within our capabilities to handle, change, and repent of (with God's help and leading), and being still, while trusting God with those things we can do nothing about.
We cannot trust God if we don't know Him and His promises. Spend time in His Word. Life does go on, and it's a beautiful life when we remain in Him- rooted, planted, surrendered, and willing. Beauty is not always the preconceived ideas of flawlessness and glamour; it is based on Truths established long ago by the Ancient of Days; a submission to His will, and the hope that we have in Him; a realization that we are made in His image and our worth to Him was proclaimed at the cross where Jesus Christ was sacrificed; it is the expectation of everlasting life and being sealed by His Spirit, as a taste of what's to come.
Yes, life is difficult and our own thoughts can be crippling.
Yes, there are days we'd rather stay in bed.
Heck, there are days we can't stand our own families.
Yet, life is beautiful. Yes, it is. Heartache and all- life is beautiful.
One day we will fall at His feet, in His very presence- His glorious splendor, majesty and love overwhelming us down to our faces in humble adoration. We won't be resentful, mad, or ungrateful. Those things and days will fade away.
No, we will cry, if we are able. We will lift our hands in worship, and be like little children once again, running to the arms of our Father. We might just fall on our faces and be unable to move. We might fall to our knees, both in relief, and submission. Perhaps then we will realize that He, in fact, was always with us.
Let's worship now. Let's trust now. It won't end our trials, but it will glorify our Father and carry us through.
Sometimes we will face the world, our responsibilities, and others while we are suffering or struggling with a decision, heartache, or trial. We will keep it together as best as we can, sneaking in a little prayer and deep breath here and there. No one but the Lord might know. For now, that's more than enough. Just don't give up. For everything there is a season, and in every season, the same God reigns. This makes life beautiful.