What do you do... when pain and feelings of helplessness overtake you from: sickness, debt you believe you can't find a way to control, children who are going through illnesses and troubles of their own, the sadness you feel when your grandchildren (your joy) are far away from you, the job you need keeps alluding you....and on and on.
Well, you are not alone in this world. So many people suffer silently, believing there is no way out and things are only getting worse, never better. Honestly, sometimes it seems to defy reason to believe anything other than what you see and hear with your own eyes and ears.
At times, you may find believing and trusting anything but what your senses tell you is delusional. So, what DO you do?
Yes, you need to find your own strength and that can be challenging to do. This may take time, but believe me, if you are paying attention, you will start recognizing things and people that around you that are positive and uplifting. No, this alone won't solve your problems. However, if you begin by starting to find some joy from seemingly inconsiquencial events and people and keep your faith in a power higher than yourself, you will begin to build a bridge...I call that bridge HOPE. Understand that biblically the word hope is not a wishing for the impossible or improbable. Biblical use of the word hope has intension in it with the full expectation of a bountiful harvest for your needs. It's faith that gives you hope and that hope gives you the strength to deal with what you must do to resolve the soul wrenching issues in your life. Remember, this takes time and a large amount of introspection...not to mention intestinal fortitude. Then, my friends, you put your trust in God. Yes, he's there in your life, but you will never truly understand this until you open yourself up to the surrender, awareness, faith and hope, that I have previously discussed.
Will you feel uneasy at times? Yes, you will. Will you question yourself and sanity at first? Yes, you will. Yet, as time goes by, you will become aware of all the blessings He has bestowed you with and the great number of miracles He has done in your life. Then, your understanding and trust in Him will grow.
Things are never hopeless. It's the rock on which you stand and your perspective that will enable you to walk, by His grace and mercy, through your journey of life. We will never consistently sidestep life's problems, but we can live life with the expectation of happiness and abundance. We are in this world, but not of it. We are the Lord's children. The Bible reminds us often of God's promises. He wills us
Deborah Mullan/A Creative Living Professional