Strength in the midst of a storm

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Storms can hit you out of no where.

You might wake up one day and find yourself joyful and excited for what is to come that day. You begin one task after the other and you feel accomplished. You remember how blessed you are in terms of earthly needs and you give thanks to God for the blessings He gave you. Meanwhile, your mind and heart begin to tug at you because you realize that no matter how much you have or don’t have in this world, it will all end one day. WHAT YOU WILL have left will be your eternity, which is no small thing! You begin to change your prayer from thanksgiving about what you have on earth to thanksgiving for what God has prepared for you after you depart from this earth.

Yet, somewhere in the middle of your day, depression takes a hold of you. Stress begins to be your friend, because you think about all the things that you need to do to fulfill your duties. You feel helpless. Satan is unhappy about your accomplishments and your spirit of thanksgiving. So, he wants to use all the tools in his arsenal to destroy you.  You try to distract yourself with food, a TV show, or some daytime sleep. Your feet cannot find a resting place and you’re unsettled. You try and try to find peace…but it is all in vain.

THEN!

A storm hits out of no where! A disaster or accident that hit you right in the face. If you keep trying to take a hold of your life with your own hands, you will grow frustrated, more stressed, and even more helpless. It is like fighting your way out of quicksand…more like fighting your into quicksand! You may lose your temper, lose relationships, or lose your brains cells!

Your mind wanders into a lonely place. “No family.” “No friend.” “No helper.” “No spouse.” “No one.” “No plumber to fix the leak.” “No one to help at work.” “No one…” This is not a nice place. Tears maybe your only way out of a complete breakdown if you can fight the anger.

This is also a time when you need to just…

STOP!!!

Let go of your fears and sadness and focus on your pleas with God. Focus on obtaining that strength that you so desperately need from the Only One who can give you that strength. You maybe afraid of losing time or money on fixing that situation in which you find yourself. You maybe afraid of losing a house or a job. You maybe afraid of failure. Whatever your fear maybe…just take a moment to remember…


“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

(Timothy 1:7)


When you are in the middle of a storm and you don’t see the shore, look up.

Look up into the heavens and plead with the God who made you to care for you. He loves you. To Him, you are precious. You are valuable and you are important. If you remember what you mean to Jesus Christ, you will understand that you don’t need to act in fear but in love, as a child and not as a slave. You are strong in your weakness. You are strong in your inability to handle all the storms of life on your own.

You are strong because the grace of God is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9).


“For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

(2 Corinthians 12:16)


Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid.

Lay your burdens on Him.

He cares for you.

Trust in the Lord.

All are words of HOPE

All are words of LOVE

All are words of LIFE

LIVE.


This post is a reflection about certain difficulties that I am currently experiencing in my personal life. There are things happening around me with which I feel very helpless. I also feel as though I have no one to help me. Many times when I put my trust in people to help me, they failed me, and I came out of the experience broken and lost. Now, when I feel the most need for a support or someone to lean on, I cannot find that person who is detached from my immediate problems, genuinely cares about me, and willing to help me. I don’t believe that there is such a person who exists out there who has those three features. God is my only One to lean on; He is sufficient. Yet, itt is a difficult and painful thing to feel this way about people and to feel lonely, but it seems necessary. How it is necessary, I cannot comprehend at the moment, but maybe later, I will understand everything. 

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