People often say just “ get over it”…but sometimes that is easier said than done. It’s not that you don’t want to get over it, you just feel overwhelmed and frustrated trying to figure out “how to get over it”. Sometimes it requires more than trying to get over it…there are times when we need to change our thought process to “get through it’”. This especially true when it is something very traumatic or life changing. Getting over it implies a quick fix, but a lot situations in life require time to work through issues and possible solutions. Getting through it means you are working on it as you take of other responsibilities in your life. God can use times like this to refine us and help us to become a better person. Perry Noble has said …“We always want God to change our circumstances, but God wants to change us through our circumstances.” That is so true, He can even use difficult times to encourage us and others as we seek Him to help us through problems we encounter.In our mind, we are often consumed with our problems, so it is crucial to realize God’s perspective is larger than ours. He is not limited to our circumstances. It is so very important to stay focused on our daily personal relationship with God by talking with Him in prayer. It is also to important to stay close to Him by letting Him to guide us through studying the Bible and allowing His perspective to permeate our thoughts and actions. Seeking wisdom from other people who have been in similar situations can also be helpful in working through our process. Mary Angelou encourages us to “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” The important thing is not to get stuck and stopped in the process. Keep moving .
One of my favorite writers is Max Lucado; who in his book “You’ll Get Through This”, wrote about all the difficulties Joseph in the Bible encountered in his life. He summed the main application from the life of Joseph this way…“You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. Don’t be naive. But don’t despair either. With God’s help, you’ll get through this.” Another great example from the Bible is found in Isaiah 43:2…“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.When you cross rivers, you will not be hurt. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not hurt you.”
A popular saying is that “time heals all wounds”. I have found that isn’t always true. Time by itself will not heal everything. It is what you do with that time that brings about healing and being able to “get through it.” What are you doing today, to help yourself and others to “get through it”?