Psalm 88:3 – I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.
When you battle emotional pain, it is easy for you to feel overwhelmed by every little thing, whether it’s your job, living in a large or small city or raising children everything is set on high on your emotional stove. And when a big thing comes along you can feel powerless and feel you have no control of your life. This in turn can lead to fear that you will lose hold of your emotions. Turn to God and he will help you let go of your fears and frustrations and send like an arrow pointed in your direction the help you need. When you suffer from emotional pain it’s easy to keep your guard up and not let anyone into your life, but it’s no way to truly live. You grab another brick from the pile, along with a scoop of mortar and add it to the wall you are building. One-by-one, the bricks are added, and a wall rises to the front, back, right and left of your position. By late afternoon you step back and examine your work. With a nod, you then you pull out your cell phone and let your new employee know that you’re ready for him to arrive on the job site. With a guard left in place, positioned to defend your home, it’s time for you to take cover inside. This is a picture of what it looks like to keep yourself “safe” and defend against anyone who would attempt to be part of your life. It’s easier this way. Letting people into your life can be messy. It can be hurtful. It can take away the safety you feel inside your sheltered dwelling place. But is it really living if you keep yourself walled off from the world
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.