Hosea 13:5 - I cared for you in the desert, in the land of burning heat.
Now that it’s summer with scorching temperatures and high winds, wildfires can ignite quickly and threaten homes and businesses. But wildfires don’t just happen on yellowed hills of weeds; the fire can break out in our bodies. When I’m in the middle of a flare-up sometimes there isn’t any way to cool the flames upon me. It is then that I feel like I have nothing left. No place to call home. No place to hear the wind blowing through the trees. When I can’t seem to find comfort I run to the one who comforts me. Do you find strength in reading your Bible and crying out to God for help? For me it’s not the last thing I do, but the first. God can give us the wisdom to find a way to put out the fire of our flare-up, but sometimes it doesn’t happen and we feel like we can’t even trust God. It is then that we must trust him. We must believe in him, and that he can lift us up upon his shoulders and carry us out of the reach of the flames.
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.
Joshua 1:9 - Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
Emotional pain caused by the actions of others can linger if we’re not careful. One of the reasons why it sticks around is because you don’t deal with the source of your pain. Whether it’s unforgiveness or anger over another person’s actions we have to make a choice: Either run from the emotional pain or deal with it. Rise up to the challenge and deal with it head-on. God will help you find a way to take his courage and use it on the situation. Do you struggle with the inability to deal with the source of your pain? Let’s talk about it.
Psalm 40:2 - He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
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. Life is full of potholes and bumps in the road. It’s not an easy ride. But everybody is going through this bumpy sticky ride. It’s up to each of us how we react to it. Some people become angry and blame other people for their potholes. Others just stand still in the mud and wait for someone to get them out. Yet, there are others who see they’re in a sticky situation and look around them for sources of help. There may be broken tree limbs within reach or a spare board still on the ground from a past work project. Once you decide to try to get out a way appears. God is also within reach. He can supply whatever it takes to help you get out of your pothole. Don’t just wait for someone else to do the work. Ask God and then listen to and follow his instructions to get out.
1 Samuel 16:7 - But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
In your past people may have hurt you. Now, it’s difficult not to be afraid of other people and what they might do to you. But not everyone is an abuser. There are kind people and those who show us compassion because of the pain we carry. Find a few kind people to be around and your fear of other people will grow to a mere whisper in your mind. Are you afraid of other people and how they may hurt you because you were hurt in the past? Is it hard for you to believe there are kind and compassionate people around you? Let’s talk about it. I’d love to hear from you.
Galatians 1:10 - Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Sometimes I feel it’s my job to try to fix all the problems around me. It’s not part of my job description to fix everyone either. I get so caught up in being a “people pleaser” and try to “fix” the problem that I miss the opportunity to experience another’s troubles without trying to fix them. Are you a “people pleaser” or do you try to fix everyone? Let’s work this out together. I’d love to hear from you.
2 Samuel 22:5 - The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
When life events send waves rushing into our lives we can feel powerless. Powerless to stop the event. Powerless to how we react to the event. Powerless to finding a solution for moving past the event. Feelings of powerlessness aren’t unusual. Everyone at some point and time feels powerless. But to find a life raft we must believe there’s a way to make it to shore. When you’re feeling powerless how do you find your way to shore? I look forward to hearing from you.
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.