Is stuff happening to you (too) that you have never had to face before? It seems like it is for me and so many of the people I know. It is cliche’ that these are turbulent times, but…well…they are. What else is new? Jesus knew all about the turbulence down here. He said “In the world, there is trouble, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Good for You, Jesus”, perhaps you are thinking, “but I haven’t overcome anything in a long, long time.” I feel that way too until I look at it more closely. Have I really overcome nothing lately? Actually, upon closer examination, I have.
I got out of bed this morning and fed my animals…all of them. ‘didn’t want to do it. Sure didn’t want to get outta that cozy bed…at all. But I did. I overcame. Looking back over my life, I see that I have overcome many things. So have you. We are designed to overcome. You know…made in the images and likeness of God? (Genesis 1:27). So why, then, do we humans often become so dis-couraged that we can’t even see that on some days, at some points of our lives, just getting out of bed is a triumph? We get that beat-down because of what we believe to be true, what we fear to be true. We let our emotions prevent us from even taking a long enough look at it to ask it “Are you for real or are you just another projection of doom and gloom that I have felt obliged to express?”Sure, sometimes trouble is real.
Our loved ones die. Our loved ones leave. Our loved ones get sick and suffer and it tears our hearts out. This life is chock full of shocks to our systems, blows to our hearts. This is why I often say to Jesus “Lord, I don’t know how to walk this path! I have never been down this road before and I am scared!”His answer is always the same. “Of course you don’t. You haven’t walked this before. I will walk you through it. I promise.” When I feel this response from Him deep in my heart, I am able to breathe again. I am reminded that in this moment, all is well. In those moments, even in the driving cold rain of my emotions, I will be led and sheltered under His umbrella as He puts His strong arm around me and deftly steers me down this path I have so long dreaded. He will walk me through it.
He will walk you through any dark passage you must travel. Just call. There are things in this life we must endure that are hard. There are things we get to enjoy that are sweet and delightful. It’s a mixed bag… this life. I have seen people, good people, completely felled by those hard things and some events of my own life have laid me out flat for a while, even years. But they pass in time. Acceptance speeds the process. Without it we can stall out completely. We need not. Not when we have someone to turn to who can and will walk us through it. Someone who knows the way.
Come to me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.