For the last 10 days I have found myself in a place like never before. It's been so hard. I was told I couldn't drive until the doctor released me! Which is no sooner than April 7, maybe longer. Talk about angry. I was angry, mad, sad, and very teary eyed. It has been very humbling to walk this last week and half. Because of returning seizures I can't drive so I am Dependant on my husband, my daughter, and my wonderful friend Pat. Doctor appointments, grocery store, church and anything else that comes along....
Anyone who knows me, knows I am the one who always goes and does for people in need. However now I am the one who needs people in her life to take control!
This has sent me in a spiraling down hill depression and I didn't even see it until yesterday, when my friend sat me down and told me. I was heart broken when she confronted me, some of words hurt, but then I knew she was right. She told me confront one problem at a time. "Take one piece of the pie and deal."
So today I took one piece and determined not to lay in bed all day. I choose not to take medicine to escape or sleep! The world is still spinning and every problem will still be here when I wake.
Today the fact is there are some hurdles to over come. Truth is it will take a few days, months, or maybe a year to get to the entire pie. BUT what I know is HIS GRACE is sufficient.
Did Jesus suffer? Was he sometimes lonely? Was he tempted to be discouraged? Was he misunderstood, maligned, and criticized unjustly?
Of course! None of us are exempt from suffering, loneliness, discouragement, or unjust criticism, because God is developing within us the character of Christ, and, in order to do this, he must take us through all of the circumstances in life through which he took Christ.
Does this mean God causes tragedies? No. God is good, and he will not cause evil or do evil. But God can use dark and stressful times for good. He'll use them to teach us to trust him, to show us how to help others, and to draw us closer to other believers.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:8b-9, “We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead” (NLT).
So, what should you do when you’re going through difficult times?
First, you refuse to be discouraged. Then, you remember God is with you. Finally, you rely on God’s protection and guidance.
We all go through difficult times. The difference for those who believe in Jesus is not the absence of the shadow but the presence of the Light.