Most days offer anything but peace. One day, however, all the misery, pain, depression, anxiety, worry, fear and sleepless nights will be over. One day, we will have true peace, when God has permanently established His kingdom, forever to live with His people. All fighting between nations will end; never again will anyone train for battle because war itself will be abolished.
Now THAT’S peace, and it’s coming.
I went through a period of a few months when I literally felt I was going insane, simply because of pain and its residual effects. I’d love to tell you I’ve found some magical cure or pill for this problem. I haven’t. All I have is a stubborn resolve to never give up.
The Lord hasn’t turned His back on you for being angry at Him. Being mad at God is natural, and most—if not all—of Heaven’s most successful warriors have experienced it. I walked in livid anger toward God for many years as my chronic pain grew steadily worse. I was furious at my lack of healing, and didn’t even want others to pray for me. But we must work through our anger, and begin to trust the only One who can instill the peace we so desperately seek.
One of the many things I've learned is I'm stronger than I ever give myself credit for. We must accept the fact that our current adversity may slow us down but it'll never stop us. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
People are literally dying of loneliness, and we have the (super)power of love and laughter on our side. Even a quick visit, note or phone call, just to let someone know you’re thinking about them, can make a colossal difference. There is a great chance you’ll be a flicker of light in an otherwise bleak day.
After all, a candle doesn’t seem to give off much light until you carry it into the pitch of black, right?
God's intention is not for agony to transform our heart to stone. Life is a beautiful thing, just waiting to be discovered. We need to stop playing the victim, and try and serve others, instead of demanding to be served, and heard. If you've let your struggles make you so self-absorbed you have no time to comfort others, you're long overdue for a change.
We can CHOOSE to be happy; we don't have to let people or circumstances choose our moods for us. Don’t cling to your gloom and despair like a tattered life raft; instead, swim for the shore, spread out the Spiderman beach towel, grab your sunscreen and enjoy the sunshine.
So many of us trudge ahead, into tomorrow, blanketed by the dark clouds of yesterday, but I’d like to encourage you NOT to let your past define you. You are not that person, and it’s essential to your emotional health to look forward. God knows you’re not perfect, yet He still has a calling on your life. He has an adventure waiting for you. He wants to equip you as a warrior in the battle for the soul of mankind (which is raging as we speak).
It’s time you tell the shadow in the rearview mirror to take a hike.