Psalm 25:16, 17 – Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.
There are problems all around us. Some are truly big, but most are pretty small in comparison with what other people are going through.
But then there are big things:
There are problems all around us. They’re just part of life, and they can become less difficult if we take one step at a time to either:
Fix the problem, get used to the problem, or believe the problem can turn into something good.
Let’s start with small problems and trying to fix the problem:
The next step is getting used to the problem:
Lastly, there are times when your problem turns into something good:
But I need to hold my hands up and say, “Stop!”
Remember the list of things that are big problems? Most of the time there are no easy fixes for them.
You can’t fix the death of a loved one, get used to having lung cancer or the pain caused by a chronic health condition. However, though it may be hard to grab a hold of, something good can come from your big problems:
Let’s take a look at the article, “7 Ways to Keep Your Relationship Strong Despite a Chronic Illness,” on webmd.com. Even though this article discusses marital relationships, it can be applied to other relationships as well. Some of their suggestions include easing stressful emotions like anxiety by identifying the root of the problem and prizing each other.
Finally, though at times trying to live with problems, especially those of a critical nature you may feel alone, you aren’t. There is someone who sees your afflictions and will free you from your anguish. God knows that the troubles of your heart are multiplying. He’s ready to hold you and tell you he loves you. He can help you with the small and big problems that you’re facing.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.