I talk so much about how important it is to go for the gold and to never give up. I am especially good at encouraging others to be all that they can be. I tell you to take your turmoil and turn them into your testimonies of victory. I truly believe in all that I just said to you, but today I want to take a different approach to encouraging you. I want you to just Trust.
Recently, I visited a place near and dear to me. I saw my friends and just loved seeing and interacting with them. I saw people who make me feel like running the race and never giving up. I saw people who I have known at least 15 years and others I have known less. One thing that has actually kept me warm inside has been to reflect on these people as I left them behind. They are still committed to Christ after sicknesses, deaths, hardships and trials; they are still there, serving Him and His people day after day.
What also struck me while I was visiting was the people I met who were going through very difficult struggles in their lives today; struggles with their health and not knowing what to do next. Scared and afraid that life as they had known it would not be the same anymore. There were those who had family members struggling with personal issues so difficult that it disrupted the entire family structure and there were others who had to juggle several crises at the same time. I can only imagine the desperation they were going through. Losing your good health; being able to move about freely without aid and now you can barely get up from a chair. Losing a family member, whether to death or to their desire to separate from the family for extended periods; these are all scary things to deal with.
How can you be positive when you have so much to deal with? How can you stay “up” when everything in you and around you is telling you to stay “down?” How do you move forward at all when you want to crawl under the covers and never come out? I tell you how, start telling yourself to just take one day at a time and trust God.
I believe the enemy wants you confused about so many things. First, if you are a Believer, he wants you to question God. When you lose faith and start questioning God, it won’t be long before you start blaming God. Once you begin blaming God, it’s impossible to hold onto your faith, believing that God cares for you (yes, little old you). We begin to think that all the things happening to us, does not matter to God.
Second, we start to pity ourselves and wonder why these things are happening to us. That too creates negative images in our minds; we are not strong; we are not good enough; we are not smart and the list goes on. There are plenty of voices in this world that will try to tell you that you aren’t good enough, but the voice of God always says that you are loved. When you stop hearing Him and listen to what others say, it is easy to become disillusioned and down.
If you are feeling lost or insignificant in this world, I challenge you to turn to the words of God. He will remind you that you are neither lost nor insignificant. He loves you and cares about all those things that are burdensome to you. You do matter to Him and everything that affects you, matters to God.
“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:13)