Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ignore That Feeling! He Is Still With You!

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 NIV

I was doing a little reading this morning since my new wake-up time is the break of dawn (not by choice). As I read through several passages, this scripture stood out for me. I know everyone goes through rough times, and for quite a few of us, it is an ongoing thing, but this scripture needs to come to mind in those dark moments. Like I said, everyone goes through and sometimes it is difficult to shake off, but you are not alone.

It seems as though there is no one to help, or if they do, the moment of peace quickly dissipates. We have all been there. So utterly alone, and without help. People can't help and also get frustrated with your negative attitude. The nicer ones will take you out and provide a visible relief. It may help and it may not. Then there are the others. Their idea of a gentle style is basically to run a bull through a china store. After dealing with them, you really feel alone. Or ready to inflict harm on them.

"I mean, if you would just . . ."
"Tsk. Tsk. You are not trusting God."
"You not praising Him enough!"

They could drive you batty, and you will still feel alone. Sure, you can tell people what you are going through, and they certainly can empathize, but they cannot fully grasp the situation. And finally what you end up doing is being fake, because you are praying. You are praising. But it is just hard to break the discouragement.

However, if you are not doing those things, might I suggest you start? Just sayin.'

No matter what you are going through, God is still there. When you feel most alone, He is closer than ever. Seek Him. His Word has promised that. I know a few of us wants to wear how we are feeling on our sleeve because you don't want to be fake. But what has that got you? People saying cold and callous things to you? People avoiding you like the plague? Problems should go to God first, and really should stay with Him, but if you still need to discuss with someone else, choose carefully. No, seriously. Choose carefully.

Just remember you are not alone in the struggle. I could give all types of platitudes of all the good things to come, but you read your bible so you know.

Be encouraged and blessed!

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