I remember a time, when I would have never taken my needs to God. In fact, I would have fallen to pieces, while sitting in the rubble of my own self-despair; but over time, I have learned to either “sink or swim” …and I’ll tell you; there have been many times, when I swam with everything, I had in me.
How many times do we give in easily to our problems? How is that we pay more attention to how bad things seem to be, rather rising above it...to take hold of a God who can keep us afloat, while in the midst of troubled waters.
There was a time, when I had some major decisions to make in my life, which I never thought I’d have to make…and believe me when I say; that these weren’t easy decisions to make; but then Jesus took me to a verse in Matthew 16:24, which reads… “Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” From there, I began to see that I was either going to follow Jesus all the way…or not at all.
You know…it’s so easy to trust God, when everything is going well; but the real test is when we are faced with dilemmas and decisions. In other words, will we choose to walk through these times with God or just fall beneath the weight of our despair? There is one thing I’ve truly learned and that is this…falling beneath the weight of our despair only places us deeper in despair, where hope can’t be easily found; but when we choose to walk with God; then that act of faith sends a message to God that says that we are waiting for His next move. Personally, I have come to see that a relationship is not only formed by walking with God in this way; but as we see God work through our faith; then our faith becomes stronger…our love for God becomes deeper…and a lasting relationship begins to form...one that causes us to lean on God, for every other thing we may face in our lives.
No matter what you are walking through today…may I encourage you to walk through it with God? Don’t try and muddle through on your own…or give into the symptoms of the problem; for moments such as these, will only take you deeper into other moments of despair.
As you begin another new day; take God with you and no matter what obstacle may cross your path…just know that He will be close by, to help you through these difficult times in your day!