I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. ——–John 16:33
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. —-Romans 8:28
I’ve had a rough couple of days. I have a child with a chronic health condition that is exasperating. Although this problem is not new for us, it’s still difficult to deal with at times. A new round of appointments confirmed that he has taken a few steps back. This means more meds. More tears. More frustration. Even though we have been through this before and had plenty of setbacks in the past, for some reason, it was harder on me than usual. Probably because he was taking it hard himself. It is so hard to see your child go through things that are invasive and difficult when you can do nothing to help. I slipped into a funk over the weekend. The dread of getting back into the routines ahead were weighing heavy on my mind and heart. The dread of dealing with more problems and watching my child hurt completely overtook me. My heart literally hurt. I napped. A lot. I cried. No, I bawled. The waterworks had been turned on and were flowing as if a pipe was broken. Considering I rarely cry, this was a big deal. I threw myself a full blown pity party. I let the sadness, frustration, and fears completely take over.
Finally, I decided it was enough already. All this crying, all this sadness, made me feel hopeless and helpless. I opened my Bible and this verse in John is what I found. I spent the better part of two days feeling sorry for myself. Feeling sorry for my child. Wallering in my misery. I allowed my pity party to steal my peace. My joy.
Opening my Bible changed it. Reading God’s word changed my perspective. Yes, I have troubles. Yes, my baby boy has more difficult days ahead. But God is there. He is in control. He has overcome the world. Surely He can handle my problems. He will carry us through. I know I can trust that good will come from this somehow. I may be fighting hopeless feelings, but I can be hopeful through Him. His love never fails.
It was time I stop worrying and hand over my fears, my hopeless feelings to the one who holds the world in His hands. When we face challenges, trials, troubles, and heartache, it is so important to cling to Him. In His word. In prayer. In worship. He is a reason to hope, to believe, to sing. Praise Him!
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