It is so easy. To feel like life is a smooth ride and the world is all that it should be. And then to suddenly flip a switch in your mind and feel dragged down by the draining efforts of the things around you. And what do you do in response to these cognitive swings? You run. Because there is no where else to go and the only way to mask these negative thoughts is by putting something more worthwhile in the forefront that will somehow gain ourselves more acceptance. But what do these changes gain long term? Nothing. Because no matter how much we try to fix things, change up our schedule or work the extra hours, we cannot be fulfilled.
We have all been in these moments. Of frustration, loneliness, pain, and guilt. But to sympathize these feelings with materialistic replacements leads to a repeated outcome of misunderstanding.
Yes, there are trials in life. Trials that seem to wrap up our whole being and put us through a series of mental breakdown sessions and cold, sleepless nights of remorse and frustration. While it may seem like the last thing we want to reconcile with, it is in the midst of these times that we as Christians need to stand even more anchored in our TRUST and FAITH in Christ. Through these humbling efforts of inviting God into our time, we are able to see how He acts as a protector, courage-giver and friend in our lives.
The feeling of stability that comes through this spirit-indwelled fulfillment brings us through circumstances with hope and joy. Instead of building a wall of accomplishments that make us “ready” to tackle the rough terrains life brings, we have a strengthened relationship with an eternal God who daily promises his presence in our lives. The provisions offered by the Lord are greater than any success story we can procure and define our soul not by works, but by our steadfast faith in Him.
This is why it is necessary for us to face trials with a conviction that we are not getting through trials on our own, but with the steady hand of Christ upholding the human frailty we all posses. It gives us purpose for the future and a peace that overwhelms the aching feelings found within our hearts. The Lord has an outcome for our future, a vision for each one of our lives that was innately planned with detail and precision through the perfect wisdom of our Creator.
It is exciting and nerve-wracking all at once, but also reconciling to know that the current issues we face are merely a step towards a greater journey of joy as a child of God.
So while you find yourself trapped under the overbearing weights of this world, face them! Face them with the courage that you are under the wings of the highest power on Earth. Face them with the knowledge that the outcome is for your own good. Face them with joy that God is teaching you through these minute opportunities. And face them with faith that He will come through for you. He always has, and always will. Just as he fulfilled his promises for the Hebrews slaves under the harsh rule of Pharaoh, David in the midst of an unlikely battle, Esther in a trapped and deadly situation, and Jonah in a time of running and repentance, He will rescue you from the daunting areas of life that seemingly seek to knock you down.
Take these moments, days, weeks, months or even years as a time to grow closer to your Heavenly Father. Allow Him to dig deep into your heart and prepare a place for the joy, hope and faith he so greatly wants you to experience as a transformed child of the One True King.
~ Rachel Anne
“And he said, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’”
“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”