Is this you?
You are overloaded with work, you can’t keep up. Theres some family drama going on, separating each other and there’s an uncomfortable silence that tears you apart.
You’re battling to meet your monthly commitments, financial stresses are just too much.
You and your husband aren’t getting along as well as you used to, or perhaps life is so busy you hardly have time for each other.
You battle to sleep because all these worries keep you up at night.
You feel tired but you have to keep going.
You feel consumed by all your troubles and you feel like you’re in the middle of a hurricane and you’re just going deeper and deeper, feeling like the storm will never be over.
This really does sound like a lot going on at one time, and anyone who is human would naturally feel consumed by this. It’s absolute turmoil, and you do have a right to feel however you’re feeling because it’s your life and your battle. However, what we’re consumed by is not actually our problems, but rather our emotions. When we’re going through stuff, our emotions take over and control and lead the way for us. This leads to burnout, tiredness, lack of motivation, which in turn causes so much more stress.
I randomly came across this verse the other day while preparing my new blog site. It totally captivated me, I love it.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
It’s beautiful isn’t it.
God’s love for us is so great, He gave us His Holy Spirit to Iive within us and bring us a peace that passes all understanding. So when we face the trouble of this world, we can know that He has overcome the world. So that we know we may be in it but we are not of it. His peace guards our hearts and minds and fills us with comfort.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 1:27 (NIV)
… Christ in you, the hope of glory.
John 16:33 (NIV)
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
It is very clear then that Christ lives within us through His Holy Spirit right? So we also know then that He is all powerful and has supernatural strength. Why then, do we continue to live in our emotions and feel consumed by the troubles we face? We are human, we are made up of body, soul and spirit. Body and soul go hand in hand as we take on and act in our natural human form. But then there’s Spirit, which is the Spirit of God in us. We just need to make a choice on where we are channeling our energy through, spirit or our human form.
When we first ended up in the homeless shelter, I was filled with worry, grief, shame and anger. I let each and every one of this emotions consume me to the point where I nearly went off the rails. With the right people around me and God’s Holy Spirit nudging me to draw nearer to Him, I made peace and chose to spend more time with God. It’s through this that I found new hope and new strength to fight through it all and rebuild our lives. I opened myself up to learning what God wanted to teach me and He used this terrible time to bring me to another chapter in His plan for my life. When we we got there, I was living in soul and body, consumed by my emotions which in turn lead my body to be tired and worn out. As soon as I turned to God though and decided to live more with His spirit guiding me, suddenly through His comfort, His love and His peace, I had the energy and strength to fight.
You see, when we shift our focus off of our problems and onto God, that’s when things become clear and we are not consumed by all the noise drowning out His voice. A stillness enters our world and with His peace, hope and strength, we are able to bring order to our lives again. We are not consumed, we are mislead, which is exactly where the enemy wants us.
I love the rest of the passage from Lamentations, and the Message translation puts its across sometimes just the way we need to hear it.
Lamentations 3:25-30 MSG
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God . It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.
We may think that what we are going through is the worst situation, but there is always worse. God doesn’t promise us that we won’t have trouble but He does promise us that He will be there for us through it. Sometimes he allows things to happen in our lives because He knows He can use it towards His plans for our lives. Sometimes He allows it so He can catch our attention because He can see we’re making a wrong turn. His plans are always good and we can take comfort in that.
What may initially seem like a setback, could end up being your success, or your hopes and dreams falling into place. Trusting God and His process is worth it in every way. Let’s rather consume ourselves with His word and His truth, with that we can move any mountain and calm any storm.