Troubles come in many different ways. They may come from a family member’s illness, your own illness, a relationship you may have, the death of a loved one, trouble in your business or workplace or your son or daughter’s difficulties. Regardless of the trouble you are facing and the intensity of it, you must be aware by now that troubles do not always go away, and if they do, they may not go away when you want them to. The question to answer is, “What do you do in the meantime”?
The answer to this question depends on the nature of your trouble. For the sake of this article, I will be dealing with a family member’s illness and hope that many of you can identify with what I am experiencing and share your own stories. I have been dealing with my special-needs daughter and her situation for a very long time, and at times, I become weary and wonder when I will get a relief to go on a long vacation. There are many questions I ask myself, but what I do in the meantime is essential. I go to God in prayer, read his word, thank Him for giving me life, while staying busy and active by exercising to decrease my stress level, writing to help others, and eating healthy foods to improve my overall health.
What are you doing in the meantime? Are you feeling overwhelmed, depressed, sad, and lonely from the aftermath of your troubles? God, in his word, says that his grace is sufficient for you, for His strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Co.12:9). He is your burden bearer (Matt.11:30), and the lifter of your head (Psalm 3:3). There is nothing you can do in your own strength, only in God’s. When you believe you can do everything in your own strength without the help of God, you may feel the heaviness, and you may blame yourself for your failure. When you release the burden to God by depending totally on Him, by doing your best, while taking care of yourself, God will take care of you. You will experience peace and strength as never before. May God bless you.
Joan M. Blake (author)