I’m not much on sermonizing. I’m of the opinion that talking about religion is best done on a one-on-one basis. However, I felt compelled to write this post. If you don’t want to hear about religion, please skip this post.
Lately, both Heather and I have been down and troubled. Don’t worry- for both of us it is a matter of being overwhelmed by major life changes and a lot of little things. Finally, Monday night, I was about ready to lay down my sword and stop struggling with life*. I gave it all to God, because I was through dealing with it.
The very next day I woke up in a more positive frame of mind. Several things happened which helped to ease my worries and doubts. Although I am still feeling down and stressed, it has eased to a more manageable level.
That’s because sometimes you have to give all your worries to God and let Him deal with it. God loves us all and will help out, if you just ask Him to. Sometimes it may not seem like it, sometimes we feel forgotten and unloved by God, but He cares, and He is there to help with your struggles.
One of my very favorite pictures in the entire world is this:
Imagine. If you could write all your fears on a wall and have them magically erased, and then be able to pick your sword back up and go back to fighting with life. That’s the thing, though. With God’s help, you can.
John 14:27 says: Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. Do not be afrad, Jesus says. He brings peace.
And so I carry a little piece of that around with me all day as I go through life. We all have our struggles and doubts, God just makes it a little easier to bear.
*After re-reading, this sounds like I was suicidal. Please don’t take that meaning from it- it’s more of a matter of just laying down and giving up, not caring what happens.