For many people, extraordinary hardships, difficult relationships or traumatic childhood sorrows have felt as if hurricane force winds have battered and bent them into a deep weariness.
Often, there are those who rudely condemn or dismiss the pain that others might be either going through or are working their way out of.
NOTE: Their day of sorrow will come and perhaps they will have pause to reconsider their cruelty of words.
Storms test not only our “staying power” but also the depth of our friendships and family relationships. Oh how hard the heart can quickly become when we see others in a season of “weary bent down struggle”!
However, Pain that is hidden, is still pain!
The anguish of traumatic past events can filter and twist our perceptions about life, the Love of God, and our most intimate of relationships.
God created your heart, and when it’s weary, there is inevitable devastating pain. If that pain is not dealt with, serious consequences can occur emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Heartbreak is very real, and it’s very serious.
If you’re in a season of refining or harsh storms, “lean” in.
Trust the loving shelter of your precious Savior’s hand and know that He will lead you to the other side of the raging storm.
Refuse a sense of entitlement and don’t demand to be understood! (For instance – “I have a right to be less than I can normally be! I’m WEEEEEEARY!”)
Instead, intentionally humble yourself and look, discern, so you can understand what the Lord is doing around and in you.
He will faithfully lead you and…..
….. you will be strengthened as you go. On the other side of this refining time is a fresh perspective and new mercies.
You WILL stand upright again, and you’ll be all the wiser about life and how to navigate storms…
Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and at the EXACT right time, you will be lifted up, stood upright again, and will be honored (and vindicated) before a watching world.
Here’s my question for you:
Do you have a sense of how God is using your current circumstances to prepare you for a great calling?
Jesus himself, spoke these words to us addressing the core issue.
Everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me, will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me.
For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world! (John 16:33).
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.