Everyday is the same. 2020 virus quarantine will long be seared in your mind. The kids or spouse have gotten on your last nerve. Or, maybe the loneliness of solitude is overwhelming.
You actually miss the days you once dreaded and/or some of the problems have multiplied. Was it just a few months back?
- You had to go to school with, work with or see someone you knew would ruin your day all over again
- You feared your job was going in the company’s downsizing
- You did not have enough money to pay the bills
- You had papers to write or a pile of unending work; impossible quotas to meet
- You had a love one with terminal or chronic illness you could not see enough
- Or, maybe you were the one that was sick and had so many appointments to schedule
- You were losing your home or had already lost it
- You hated your job or you lost it
So much misery you dwelled on, making you miserable to be around. Then suddenly the whole world imploded, turned inside out. Upside down. Now you know real misery, right?
Remember the song you heard as a child, “everybody hates me, nobody loves me, guess I’ll go eat worms …”? Misery LOVES company, well usually anyway. Sometimes you just want to be left alone. No one has been down the road you are going down. Woe is you. (Remember the old HeeHaw song about right now? “Gloom despair, and agony on me whoooaa.”)
Are you laughing at yourself yet? Laughter is good. Sometimes we laugh just because we do not want to cry. Go ahead, wallow in your misery. Make every one miserable with you. Whine on the phone, social media, in emails. Life is just not fair to you. It is supposed to be fair because you deserve fair. Life should not be hard for you. You are a Christian after all. How Christ like is it to have to suffer? Made you think? I hope so.
Do you know Who feels all these feelings before you do? The Bible tells us that NOTHING touches us but that it first goes through His hands; Jesus’ hands. Everything that hurts you, that touches you, He feels it first. Everything that happens to you HAPPENS to Christ first.
Did you catch that? HAPPENS, right then and there as He filters it through His nail pierced hands. We think of His suffering on the cross, dying for our sins way back then. We do not think of Him hurting now. When we are hurting we forget He is hurting right along with us. Right now; in the here and now. Jesus wept when Lazarus died. He grieved with Martha and Mary. He feels with you as well. All your circumstances pass through His hands long before they touch you.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
You are not alone, ever. He knows, He cares. Tell Him how you feel, and feel how He feels with you. You have a Savior that will always be there to carry your load. Concern over your circumstances is okay, but worrying over them is not.
1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful,
and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also
provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
The Holy Spirit is the way of escape, the Power. This means that He will not allow you to go through more than will cause you to lose your faith. It does not mean He will not allow more than you can handle. He handles. He is right there to carry you through.
Keep remembering, your circumstances were filtered through His fingers first. He felt them before you. Filtered, removing anything that would not be good for you.
I Thessalonians 5:18 NASB
“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus“
If His light is shining through you, you cannot be miserable. Smile and mean it.
Renee’ Green Copyright 2010 (updated 5/2020)