Psalm 68:20 - Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.
It’s one of those days. We’ve tried and tried to get back on track, but we find ourselves stuck in a muddy pothole. Maybe that pothole is disappointment. Maybe it’s pain from being hurt. Some people become angry and blame other people for their potholes of life. There are those who just stand still in the mud and wait for someone to get them out. There are those who see they’re in a sticky situation and look around them for sources of help. But once you decide to try to get out a way appears. Choose to look around, and it won’t be long before that way appears and you escape that muddy pothole. Do you struggle with potholes either by just standing and waiting for someone to show up and help you out of the pothole, or are the kind of person that looks around and finds a way to get out? I’d love to hear from you.
2 Samuel 22:29 - You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light.
Feeling down can be all consuming. It can be so bad that all we see in the world is tainted by dark glasses. There just isn’t any color in our world. We try not to cry. We try to look on the bright side. We try. Then, there’s no trying left. But then a fresh breeze arrives. You still are battling that downward pull, but when a friend shows up you find a moment in your day when you feel something other than just a negative feeling. Take those moments, receive them from the hand of your friend, and place it in the storage containers of your heart. When those dark glasses come out, rinse them in the fresh water that you stored in your heart. You’ll find the strength to be an example of color in an otherwise darkened world. Do you see color in your world or only darkness? I’d love to hear from you.
Psalm 7:15-16 - He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made. The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.
Everybody has bad days. However, when scorn and derision come your way you may think that it’s your fault, but it’s not. Someone may try to make you believe that all of the problems in their life are your fault. But sometimes it’s just a bad day. Nothing more. Nothing less. We each have the power in our hands to dig a ditch and lay down in it, but we don’t have the right to drag someone else down into that ditch with us. If we do, not only will the other person be hurt by our wrongful accusations, they may have been the only person who could have helped us get out, yet we’ve managed to eliminate them. We don’t have to take that scorn and derision and let it rest on our shoulders. Don’t let yourself be dragged into a ditch someone else has dug.
Job 2:10 - But Job replied, "You talk like a godless woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?" So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.
Some of the hardest words to hear are, “There is no cure.” How do I go on with my life when I find out I’m going to have to live with this illness? There are no easy answers. Each person has to face what’s going on and travel down the road towards acceptance. For me, I can’t just take one step at a time. I have to take one moment at a time and be prepared for days when I don’t even want to try to move forward. I’m thankful that I’m not in this alone. I always have my traveling companion with me – Jesus. I couldn’t do this thing called life without him. Do you have my traveling companion with you? He’s only a prayer away.
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.