When we are in the middle of a tough issue or trial, we often feel it is detrimental to our well-being. We may even try to escape them like the plague! Sure, some situations need running from, but does escaping or ignoring an issue actually do us any good? Are trials really the worst thing that can happen to us?
When we face issues, we can fit in one of three camps. We can become so introspective and self-focused that we no longer see anything or anyone else. We tend to isolate ourselves and become consumed with our problems.
Others escape reality by filling their schedule with tons of activities. They think, “if I can keep myself busy I won’t have to deal with this situation.” But being busy is like putting a Band-Aid over a 5 inch bloody gash. In the end, the Band-Aid does no good and stitches will still be needed. Busy-ness won’t cut it.
And then there are those who find as many people as they can to “share” (or dump) their problems on. Their hope is to find the right person who will agree with their conclusions. They will talk about their stuff until at least one person agrees with them.
How do you deal with your trials? What is your default response when you go through hard times? Someone said: “If we were to throw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, I bet we would be quick to grab ours back.”
“If we were to throw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, I bet we would be quick to grab ours back.”
You see, the grass is only greener on the other side because the owner has fertilized and watered it. Someone else is paying a bigger water bill than we are…hint hint. There is a price to pay; nothing good comes at zero cost – aside from God’s grace which is freely given to us.
When my desk piles up with “to do” notes, unless I address them, they don’t go away on their own; and neither do their requesters. In fact my failure to fulfill my responsibility, can put my relationships and job in jeopardy.
This does not mean that a “to do” list at work is the same as facing real life issues, however the reality remains the same. We have to learn to deal with the pile of issues facing us, but we don’t have to do it alone.
Hebrews 13:5 reminds us: “Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?” (MSG)
I am so thankful I don’t have to solve all my issues, placate all my fears or fix everything that’s broken around me.
Our response to trials can’t be reliance on people, escaping or relying on external sources to get ourselves out of our mess(es). Trials can drives us to God or away from God. We have the choice to replace the lies of the devil with the truth God has spoken over us. Even in the midst of life’s worst circumstances, God will not abandon us, He won’t leave us stranded. He is masterful at organizing circumstances, arranging solutions and opening unforeseen doors.
Choices are before us, we can become bitter or better; complain and let our grass wither, or get before God in humility and let Him water our lives until we resemble that beautiful green lawn you may have stared at in envy.
Trials are not the worst thing that can happen to you and me, in fact it can be the best thing, if we put things in the right perspective.
Let go and let God!
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.