Laura and I used to have a Bible study in our home a few years ago. One of the members shared that her daughter, Kelly, is suffering with Multiple Sclerosis and needed some help during the day. To my surprise, Corinne, volunteered to help! She did a great job, so much so that Kelly's family sent her care packages when she was at college. Also, they are very generous to Corinne.
You might be wondering why I was surprised with Corinne volunteering. History.
When Corinne was 4 years old, we had fresh dirt spread on our yard preparing for sod. Unfortunately, it rained, postponing sod. I took that opportunity to play in the mud! Corinne walked to the edge of the patio, evaluated the situation, and did an about face and went back inside! That, ladies and gentlemen, describes Corinne!
Getting back to our conversation with Corinne...
Corinne described Kelly's situation and demeanor. The more Corinne talked, the more I could identify with her struggle - questions with no answers. Why me? Is there a God? If God doesn't exist, is death the END?
Hopeless, defeated, done!
I felt an urge to write to Kelly, as I wrote, I realized everyone struggles. It could be health related or losing everything with a hurricane. The list of struggles is endless. With Kelly's permission my message will be converted to a blog. Hopefully this blog will give you a strategy when you find yourself in a nosedive.
Kelly, I understand where you are. I find myself bouncing between, "Woe is me,” and, "God, thank you for all your blessings.” I confess, I've been suicidal and a few hours later, I am laughing, enjoying my family and thankful for another day. I tell you this because we need to understand that, "This too will pass.”
Before I dive into methods of getting out of that funky mood, you need to remember that we are in a spiritual war! The enemy loves to see you asking, Why me? Is there a God? He laughs with glee when you're feeling hopeless, defeated and done! The pain is designed to make warriors break. I believe God has trusted us to turn to Him when we are under attack.
I have some strategies that might help - God’s words, songs and laughter!
New International Version (NIV)
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.
Philippians 4:6- 8
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
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