There are times when things appear so dismal that you just want to give up and that's normal. We all have our breaking point and it usually isn't until after the storm has passed and the dust has settled that we realize things weren't as final as we'd anticipated. And we've all experienced hard times where we just couldn't imagine better days beyond what we were currently experiencing because of the weight that the problem carried. Things can sometimes appear so daunting that our minds can't often see a foreseeable change, regardless of how much encouragement comes our way. This can happen when we face the loss of a loved one, a loss of employment, sickness, heartbreak, and so and so on. So, how can we shorten the time that we experience those negative emotions that tend to completely take over our lives, giving our problems a home versus a short term space.
Ecclesiastes says that there is a season for everything. All of life's problems are inclusive in that everything. That means that every hurt and every form of grief has a time limit. When a loved one passes on, the pain is seemingly unbearable. You're told time and time again that things will get better and easier as time passes and all you can think is, no it won't. I mean how can it? You clearly want this person to remain a part of your life. So at that very moment, understandably, you can't imagine enjoying life without them being there to enjoy it with you but then something starts to happen. You remember some funny thing that they once said or you recall a proverb that was once spoken by them that helped you make it through a tough time. That's when the dust settles and you realize that they're with you, but only in a different fashion. Your tears of pain become tears of endearment and you're able to acknowledge how grateful you are for the time that you had with them.
The same can be spoken of in regards to a loss of employment. We all say that we trust God until we actually have to trust God. I believed Him to be my complete source up until the time that I needed him to be my complete source. Making less than $10.00 an hour with most of that going towards rent and gas, I felt helpless and hopeless. I'd only counted on God on to keep things going as normal but I never really trusted Him to take care of me without physical evidence. If my natural father, who'd passed away months before this time in my life, had told me not to worry that he'd pay all of my bills and that I'd be able to keep my car, pay my medical expenses if any occurred, and that I'd always have food and electricity, I would've been great. I wouldn't have spent so many nights crying and worrying. But somewhere along the way, I noticed that through all of my tears, my bills were getting paid, my food supply never once ran short, I incurred no medical expenses because my Father sustained my health, and everything was literally alright. It wasn't until things began to change within my financial situation that I realized, God had me. Every time there was a shortage, there was a call from a generous soul. All of my needs were met. Now when similar situations arise, I don't lose all hope and fall into a state of despair because my experience has taught me to trust God.
If you're currently facing some challenges don't give up and don't give in. YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE IT! Chances are.... you're going through a necessary process to make you better.
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