Sometimes life is just plain hard. It's like at every turn, there is a storm blowing in with issues, difficult situations and pain.
Sometimes, just getting out of bed is hard. It would be easy to stay beneath the blankets and hope that when you wake up, everything has changed for the better. Unfortunately, life seldom gets better unless you face the problem and tackle the issues.
Confrontation to the difficulties in life isn't pleasant. Most of us don't want to confront the things that cause us pain. But we must confront the issues and find a way forward.
The difference for some however, is that some face challenges alone and some don't.
Psalm 94:18-19 tells us, 'When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.'
Isaiah 7:4a says, "And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands,..."
When we are facing difficult situations, it provides an opportunity for us to grow, to build character. And for those who know God, it provides an opportunity for Him to work in our lives.
Facing difficulties can be scary. Many people will try and deny there's an issue or worry and fret until the become unwell. Many will find their anxiety levels rise and they have trouble functioning even in everyday situations.
From my own experience, I have learnt that difficult times will come. They will impact upon me but even in the most distressing situations, God is with me. There is a calmness even in the tempest of the storm. In these times, reading God's Word helps me to become calm. Although I cannot always explain it, the peace that comes helps to keep me focused even through the vilest storm of life.
Illness, loss, difficulties will come. Sometimes they happen to us far beyond our control. Jesus did tell us that trouble would come - wars, rumors of wars, difficulties. So we know that life won't always be calm and rose. But how we react to the trouble will determine if we trust Jesus through the storm of life, or whether we fall apart.
Sometimes, God seems quiet and far off. But I am learning that he is always there.
I can't change what has happened. But I can trust in Him throughout it all.
Live to make a difference.