-There is so much pain and suffering around us
-Things don’t always turn out how we had hoped for ourselves and others
– We struggle with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness occasionally
– As much as we love and care for someone else, we can’t always fix it for them
– We can feel numb by it all, where we just do not know what to think and say
When we go through dark times in our lives, we do not need to doubt what God has already taught us in the light…
GOD IS WITH US IN SPITE OF WHAT WE MAY FEEL.
In spite of our emotional emptiness (which is normal when we have dealing with a lot of stress) we need to be reminded that GOD is still with us. We may not feel close to Him but God is not limited to our feelings and we can trust in Him anyway. Remember “The Lord is near those who have a broken heart”-(Psalm 34:18).
LET JESUS WALK WITH YOU THROUGH THIS VALLEY.
God who created you, knows best how to help you to navigate through this difficult time. Jesus is our source of salvation and eternal life but also for peace during He said when encouraging his first followers… “I have told you this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world”- (John 16:33). He wants to be a part of our daily life. Jesus is also described as the Good Shepherd. He knows what you need right now. Ask Him to guide you specifically along the path that is best suited for your unique situation.
WE WANT TO “GET OVER IT”…BUT FIRST, WE NEED TO “GET THROUGH IT”.
This is a process and not usually a quick fix. Billy Graham said…”Time alone does not heal, but it is what we do that time, does help us heal.” It is important to be real and proactive. Get help, talk to a trusted friend or counselor. Find things to read or do that recharge you in a positive way. Focus on what you can do today, instead of being sad about what you can not do right now.
STAY CONNECTED to those who love and support you. This not a time to go rogue or completely solo. Check in with family, neighbors and friends to see how they are doing. Do something good or positive for someone else. This does not necessarily have to be big. Simple random acts of kindness can have a big impact.
Remember that God’s grace is stronger than our negative thoughts and regrets. God’s peace is more powerful than our hurts and disappointments… even in times like these, we do not need to doubt what God has already taught us in the light.