Ok… first, as you probably notice there’s some changes going on around here on my blog. Good things. No, make that GREAT things. I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself. Seriously. But that’s not what today’s blog is about. Far from it actually…
It’s actually about struggles in your (or my) life.
Do you ever seem to notice that when you are struggling with something, everything around you seems to be pointed toward that one or multiple thing(s) that you are “missing”? Or that the things you are struggling with just seems to become more elevated as you pass through them.
This happened to me this weekend. Everywhere I looked, read and watched became consumed with what I have been struggling with. Other people brought it up to me, commercials on tv, discussions on the web… it seemed for a while that everything in the world was against me. I actually tried turn away from everything and be in silence for a while.
But even as I sat in silence, my thoughts overwhelmed me and the struggles continued.
Why is this? Why is it that we let ourselves feel so crazy over something that we (usually) have no control over? Solomon wrote “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3)
Why don’t we let go of our struggles easily and give them up to God? Why do we hold onto things and try to fix them so much so… that sometimes we make it worse for ourselves? I will be the first person to say that I am not innocent in that. I am one of the biggest control-freak people out there. But I know it. And I’m honestly trying to work on it.
The reason why we don’t let things go? It’s hard to give things up. Whether you are a control freak like me or not… it’s just hard.
As you have been reading here recently, I’ve been trying to let things go. To give up control. But sometimes I think that the control within us isn’t the issue. What if God is allowing the enemy to refine us as He allowed with Job. Or maybe it is spiritual battles taking place in the heavenlies over the works that God has planned for us that the enemy is trying to destroy.
What Peter wrote to the early Christians I think applies to us today… “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (2 Peter 4:12-13)
And Paul contributes much the same to the church in Philippi… “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippeans 4:6)
While the things that I struggle with are different than your battles, we each need to pray – and be thankful for our struggles.
There’s no doubt that the “with thanksgiving” part is the hardest in my life. Rarely can I be found as a thankful person for the trials that I am going through.
How about with you? What are your thoughts about the struggles you go (or have gone) through?? Do you have any words of wisdom for me or others?
I think Mother Teresa said it best, “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”