Are you in sludge today? Are the weights of worry hanging on you? Does your heart hurt, and grow weary from all the storms in your life? Are you thinking about how hard you try… how much you attempt to love others, do whats right, work hard and yet….. There doesn’t seem to be relief in sight? You stumble, you fail others, and…. then the pain of others failing you feels overwhelming. So, you go through the motions of your day — smiling at those you meet, taking care of the daily tasks needed, but inside you are crying out for relief, and you feel so alone. So misunderstood. You wonder why God allows you to keep facing this difficult walk.
Well, maybe that’s not you…. but I think some days that might be, cos some days that is me. Here we are. We work, we try… and yet imperfections are all over the place in our world.
Here is what He reminds me:
1.) Trust Him with all, and then start thanking Him for all in your life. He doesn’t fall off the throne because I make a mistake…. or you…. or others around us. He is in charge. He is God. For those who love Him, He is working ALL things for our good! (Romans 8, if you wanna double-check me.) If you are like me, happy music helps me! Remember who reigns, and let your heart be filled with joy! He won! Not darkness. His light will rid you of the darkness draining you in your life! Look to the light my friend.
And. Then. Sing. 🙂 (You think I am kidding… I am not. Lift your head up, and sing to the King.)
2.) Keep pressing on. Keep SEEKING with ALL your heart. Stay focused on Him…. NOT ME. NOT YOU. It’s not about me, or you or things in life that we cannot fix. Search for Him like hidden treasure — seek for Him — knowing, KNOWING He is the answer. Only Him. Make studying the Bible, praying, and obeying His word your focus — drink Him in like a thirsty person in a desert. Take all those holes, desires, empty spots, and lonely feelings and fill them with Him.
3.) Serve others — As we love others we become their servant in words, actions, and even asking God to work through our hearts with His amazing power of grace to look at those around us through His eyes – -What have they walked through that we do not know? What burdens do they carry that we will never know? How have they been treated through this cold, hard life, and how may some of their actions be a result of what they daily have to walk through spiritually, emotionally and physically. A great example that taught me a life lesson for how difficult some one’s even seemingly miniscule normal tasks may be, was two summers ago when within two months I suffered Bell’s Palsy, a car wreck, and then a broken wrist. My Bell’s Palsy disabled my ability to shut my eye AT ALL. My left eye continuously stayed open, and even became scratched and developed some infection problems…. So, (in addition to a few things….lol) shampooing my hair was not easy. I tried scuba masks, patches, and all sorts of methods making the attempt to NOT have the burning sensation in my eye — finally discovering that the best method was to simply shampoo with one hand, and cover the eye with the free hand. Then, I broke my wrist! There went my free hand. It sounds like a simple story… you may have even chuckled. But, in reality it was actually something that I had taken for granted that was so easy, that became a daily challenge. (Want to know my final plan of action that made clean hair more simple? Thankfully… I have sons that assisted me by washing my hair in the sink!) The first day that I could shut my eye, and wash with both hands I cried. Grateful for two hands and an eye that shut. What struggles may some be facing that we take for granted in our own lives… How can we be that small relief to someones daily burden?
Let’s get our eyes off of daily only focusing, worrying, stressing, and concentrating on our own issues — Let’s put them on Him. What does He ask of you today? What opportunities do you have to love others, and serve Him, rather than yourself? How many times are we faced with an opportunity to share love, but we miss it cos we are so buried in our own issues and desires.
Lift your eyes up. He has already won. He has triumphed over darkness… let the light illuminate you, breathe deep, trust Him and let His glory shine. Let’s think about trusting, seeking, and serving — and don’t forget to sing.
“For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Col. 2:1-3