“You WILL Get Through This”

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. – James 1: 2-4 (The Message)

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Being in the “pit” stinks, but the pit does one thing. It forces us to look up and someone from up there must come down and give us a hand. – Max Lucado

I heard this quote today and it resonated with me. I have been in the pit more than once. Going through a tumultuous relationship, then divorce and then to the ultimate pit (which is no secret here) – a complete breakdown of everything I knew to be the norm in my life and into the grips of anxiety and panic attacks.

When you are in any pit or low point in your life, no matter what it may be, the pain and suffering may seem endless. You can wish and hope all you want but you have to do something more, something much bigger to achieve your peace. You have to look up, pray, cry out to God.

He will answer. But one thing I have learned through all of this is that He answers in His own time. I still have many moments when I say to Him “Why am I still battling this on some level?” I have come a long way but I am not yet where He needs me to be so I have to “wait patiently on the Lord”. Now, I am not a patient person by any means. I want things done…NOW. (He must laugh at me when He sees how I try to still be in control.) So what do I do while I am waiting? As one of my favorite songs by John Waller goes:

While I’m waiting….I will serve You

While I’m waiting….I will worship

While I’m waiting….I will not faint

I’ll be running the race even while I wait

Don’t hang your head while you are in the pit. Look up and ask for help. As you are on your way out, be patient. Praise God for helping you. Everything you go through is molding you for what lies ahead. It may not make sense now but there is a reason. Take comfort in that. Continue to worship and remind yourself every day that….

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 foolish or naïve.

But don’t despair either.

With God’s help, you’ll get through this.

—Max Lucado

 

 

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“Zoom Out”

In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths” -Proverbs 3:5-6

Take a look at this picture. What do you see? Ugly, dead tree branches? A barren tree in winter? With no lush green leaves sprouting from it, it isn’t much to look at.

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But what if I show you the whole picture? What do you see now? Yes the tree is weathered and worn but can you see the beauty and uniqueness in that? It is still standing firm in its foundation. The ocean at its base makes for a beautiful scene. The  wind, salt water and erosion have taken their toll, but through it all, it still stands.

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Many times we go through beaten and battered times in our lives. We wonder why and often question God’s motives. But we are only seeing a tiny part of the picture. Like the first photo, we see something ordinary and not so amazing. But if we “zoom out” and see the bigger picture as God does we can see that there is more to our struggles than we imagine and that we can persevere by trusting in God and knowing that His picture for our lives contains much more than we can comprehend.

Don’t look at the ugly parts (the dead tree branches) of your life and forget to focus on what God has in store. Look at the whole picture and see the beauty in the fight.