Oh how I’ve been pleading these words over and over again. Why do we go through challenges, disappointments and heartbreaks? Why do we work for tyrants, fall in love with the heartbreaker or loose people that we love?
Is this some sort of challenge and do the consistent difficulties indicate that we are failing?
But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honoured in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
I’ve come to realise that difficulties are just that, difficulties. Unfortunately these sneaky little annoyances are inevitable in the journey that we call life. Luckily our perception thereof determines our reality. You can choose to succumb to the reality, or try and dance in the rain. You have the power, in every moment of now, to make that decision.
Dancing in the rain, while heartache torments your world and you would rather stay in bed or surrender to slabs of chocolate, is challenging. Taking that first step is the key to finish the routine:
1) Trust that the Lord is in control. He knows your heart and your innermost being.
2) Accept and embrace the changes and choose to be content and at peace in all times.
3) Don’t compare your situation with others. No single person has it all together and the more you compare, the more unhappy you’ll get.
4) Ask for help. Whether from a friend, family member or a professional, there is no shame in admitting that you need help. It is brave and liberating.
Be encouraged and don’t lose hope. God’s promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine – David Nicholas