What will you do?
When life throws a wrench in your plans and the course of things change forever, what will you do? When everything you know to be good and true changes and you’re disillusioned, what will you do?
When your “normal” isn’t normal anymore, what… will… you… do?
I suppose there are several ways to deal with heartache.
- You could avoid it… be in denial
- You could turn to “something” to numb it (food, alcohol, shopping, etc.)
- You could let it overwhelm you causing you to go into a deep depression
- You could allow it to change you, withdrawing and isolating yourself
- You could become so angry and bitter that other relationships suffer… or end.
Or, you could:
- Allow God’s people to support you in your pain
- Seek Godly counsel to deal with the issues
- Pray in earnest sharing your real and raw feelings
- Inhale the Word of God, looking for scripture that fit your situation
- Trust that God has a plan
I’ve seen it done both ways. Heck, I’ve done it both ways throughout my life. What will you do?
2 Samuel 22:31 says “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”
This verse tells us that He will protect us… shield us… if we look to Him for help and comfort when life is cruel.
That “help and comfort” might come in the form of a Godly friend who sits with us and cries. It might be a Godly counselor that walks us through the wilderness. It might be a scripture that jumps off the page when we read it. It might be Him tenderly speaking to us in our spirit. It might be a majestic deer standing on the side of the road that seems out-of-place. It might be a song that reminds us…
Look for it. Be open to it. Believe it.
Look… If we’re really gonna live out the Christian life and if we’re serious about trying to be different, we only have one option… and that is to look to God to be our refuge and strength. In the end, He’s all we’ve got.
The world is going to offer a lot of suggestions on how to deal with pain and hurt, and they might work for a fleeting moment. But you’ll always come up empty. Always.
So… what will you do?