Everyday we are faced with decisions, some more difficult to make than others. But every so often, we experience circumstances beyond our control that have the potential to rock our world. Maybe it’s a loss of someone very important to you: a death, a breakup, or a life altering event. Or maybe you’re allowing yourself to become paralyzed by fear instead of making important decisions for your life. Maybe you feel alone, lost, ashamed, or forgotten. Maybe you just need a helping hand to help you get back onto your feet. Whatever your circumstances are, you need to understand that there is hope.
I think it can be easy for us to forget that when we are suffering we are actually not alone. When I am in a desperate, lonely place I often forget that there are others who can lift me up out of it. During this recent season of struggle in my life, I learned the importance of being vulnerable and reaching out to friends for help. While knowing God’s promises and clinging to His word is so vital and important, I believe friendships with other believers are also so necessary. Too often I fall into the trap of isolating myself or thinking that I can solve my problems alone. I’ll tell you right now, that is a lie. We were not created to do life alone. We were created for community. We were created to love, encourage and forgive. We are real human beings with living souls and were created for real interaction with other human beings. THIS is our hope: Whatever you are experiencing or feeling in this season in your life, it is temporary. Seasons of sorrow, turmoil, and loss are real and painful but they come and go (hence the word “season!”). Your life is bigger than those seasons of agony and suffering. Your life is so important and should not be defined by your circumstances. Your life has a real purpose and plan.
Remember this: every single person in this world experiences hardships. And it is quite possible that someone else has already experienced something similar to you. Our experiences in life become wisdom and wisdom can be a place of encouragement and accountability to others. Instead of allowing pride, shame, or fear hide you in the dark, take courage and reveal your sufferings to the light. The next time you are in a season of despair, don’t let yourself become isolated. Talk to a friend. Find a mentor. Open your Bible and lean into God’s promises. Run to the light.
“Awake, my dear. Be kind to your sleeping heart. Take it out into the vast fields of light and let it breathe.”
“My Help Comes from the Lord A Song of Ascents — 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord , who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.” – Psalm 121:1-3
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