It doesn’t seem to matter if we’re single or married, going through a rough patch or living an uneventful life, there are times when the blues seep into our souls like a cold rain on a chill winter’s day. What does God expect of us when failure, monotony, boredom, pain, uncertainty, grief, despair, or depression color our days?
These words from C. S. Lewis give us some perspective “[Satan’s] cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do [God’s] will, looks round upon a universe in which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”
Can you think of some folks who looked out on such a universe? From the Bible—Joseph, any of the Hebrews in Egypt, including Jochebed, (Moses’ mother), Job, Naomi, Daniel, Mary, Jesus. From history—Corrie ten Boom, Darlene Deibler Rose, Elisabeth Elliott, Joni Eareckson Tada . . . and those are just the first names that popped into my head!
Imagine God looking out at a world in shadow, a world plagued by shallowness, corruption, and many other evils. In the midst of the darkness, He sees your light shining—in spite of difficult or boring or downright painful days. Imagine how He feels when we say with our actions, “Though the wait is wearying and the darkness hides You and joy seems like a distant memory, I will still love you, Lord.” (Click here to tweet.)
And just as spring always follows even the bleakest winter, we can be assured that, eventually, our feelings will catch up with those actions.
I’m drawn to the stories where the hero woos the heroine and refuses to give up. When he pushes past her fears, doubts, prickliness, fickleness, stubbornness, and whatever else she throws in his way, to love her and win her love. Love that “bears all things” is the love God shares with us. How it must delight Him when we are able to direct a tiny portion of that love back to Him.
So, friends, though Satan and the world try to sever our grip, we must cling to our Savior.
How? Here are a few ideas . . .
- Get help. Find a counselor, accountability group, or fellowship group.
- Start something new. Begin a challenge or project that intrigues you.
- Seek inspiration. Join a Bible study. Read a missionary biography. Tape inspirational verses and quotes around your house or work space.
- Reach out. Serving others will fill up your heart.
- Take every thought captive to Christ.
- Pray without ceasing.
- Give thanks.
- Get a good night’s sleep and wake with the knowledge that you are not alone!
Who has some words of wisdom, advice, or encouragement to share? We’d love to hear from you. I promise to pray for anyone who leaves a comment!
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