I don’t know about you, but in my recent experience, and those of some of my good friends, life has been just really hard.
It seems like there isn’t one area of life that doesn’t come with headaches and heartaches. Dealing with difficulties in life from guiding little ones in the way they should go, to figuring out which way you should go yourself, to managing stresses from work, to carrying the weight of hurtful words spoken to or about you, to struggling with unhealthy thought/behavior patterns, to facing a loved one’s addiction…on and on the list goes. It can be quite overwhelming, and definitely has been for me.
It seems like there isn’t one area of life that doesn’t come with headaches and heartaches.
I have not always handled the difficulties of life well, especially when several of those difficulties seem to pile on top of each other. But that is precisely why I am thankful for the faithfulness of my Father. Even when, in my humanity, I get overwhelmed and go into the-sky-is-falling-and-everything-is-going-horribly-wrong panic mode, God gently guides me back to my perfect place of peace with Him. He reminds me again, that whatever comes my way, He is bigger, and He’s got me. That does not mean that things will be easier, but it does mean that in all things, there is hope.
Even when, in my humanity, I get overwhelmed and go into the-sky-is-falling-and-everything-is-going-horribly-wrong panic mode, God gently guides me back to my perfect place of peace with Him.
In a particularly down time for me a few weeks ago, I came across this song that has meant so much to me in this season. I believe that my loving Father saw me and knew I needed what this song offered me, and so orchestrated my “randomly coming across it.” It is very aptly named “You’re Gonna Be OK.” It speaks hope and encouragement without discounting the tremendous difficulty that I am facing and heartache that I am feeling…which I believe is in alignment with the heart of God.
Today, in the midst of feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders, I am thankful. I am thankful for El Roi, the God who sees me. I am thankful that no matter how far gone I feel, hope is never lost. I am thankful that God continues to guide me in taking the next step and the step after that. I am thankful that when all seems lost, and I can’t find my way on my own, light penetrates darkness. So, I won’t give up or give in. When I feel like I can’t take any more, I’ll continue to remind myself that I am gonna be OK. I will take heart, keep putting one foot in front of the other, and rest in the only Source of peace that can remain in the midst of chaos.