Has there been a moment in your life when you felt forsaken, unappreciated, unloved, misunderstood, like odds were against you to succeed or your circumstances were just too much to handle?
“Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O, my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.” “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Psalm 22:1
Who is this God that sent His only Son to cover our sins? Who is this God that knew that we would hate, beat, bruise, spit on, and crucify His Son and yet, He would still have an everlasting, neverending love for us? Who is this God that knows we can’t EARN IT or do anything to DESERVE IT? Who is this God? He is “LOVE”!
Although we sometimes feel the weight of this world on our shoulders, instead of worrying and carrying our own burdens, let’s consider giving them to the One who has already paid the price for us. We were never meant to carry or handle anything alone. Sometimes, in the midst of life’s painful situations, we make quick decisions and try to patch up the pain that was caused. However, there’s nothing we can do to eliminate the process of pain. Trying to do so only creates a bigger mess, and when we combine that with mental torture, a more painful path to destruction is inevitable.
Why do our minds work against us instead of for us?
I have learned that the main place the enemy will attack is our mind. If the enemy can mess with your mind and get you to believe that no one loves you….. no one cares about you…… no one likes you…… no one wants to be your friend…… no one wants to hire you…… no one wants to help you …… everybody’s out to get you…… everybody’s laughing at you…… you’re too fat…… you’re ugly…… then you start feeling down and depressed. Our emotions begin to go up and down all because we’re focusing on the wrong things, destroying our emotions and feelings. “This person hurt my feelings, and that person did this to me.”
How long will we play that tune in our minds?
Well, let me give you some good news! WE belong to the Highest, the God who calls us ambassadors of Christ. The reason the enemy tries to make us believe those LIES is to get us to believe them as “our truth” about ourselves, only to have us abort the plan and destiny God has for our lives. And, he’ll go so far as to try to convince us to take our own lives, but we don’t have to give in to the enemy’s tactics. It’s so important to get in right connection with God and pray that He will bring the right people along that will hold us accountable. We need other people that will help us get up when we don’t feel like it or help us to push like we’re giving birth to something even when we don’t want to move forward.
For me, when I sat back and told my self-talk (Crash the Chatterbox) to shut up, I tuned my ear to hear God speak to me. God asked me to write, and I knew that all along, but never felt like doing it. Soon, every time I would reach out to people, I would hear the same thing over and over again: “you should start journaling.” So I made the decision to start writing. In my heart, I knew God was going to use me, but I didn’t want to have to face the pain of my past nor be on a platform to tell my business. However, according to Romans 8:28, “And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” ….. He would use it for my good, but don’t think for one minute that I haven’t felt like giving up on this.
There are bigger things that God has planned for me. Blogging is not just a passion, it also gives me freedom from the things that still may be in my heart or the many things I thought I had let go. See, there is a bigger picture and purpose for everything. And just because God doesn’t give us things when we want them and when we think we should receive them doesn’t mean He’s not looking out for our best interests. When God blesses us, He wants us to know and understand that it was nothing we’ve done to deserve it and it’s nothing we or anyone else can take glory for. We have to wait on the Lord and in all things be grateful because gratefulness attracts MORE. Therefore, embrace where you are now and give God praise. Staying humble is the key to thriving in an abundant and prosperous life.
Whenever I’m feeling discouraged, I listen to a song called “Reckless Love.” This song creates a vision of God coming after me no matter what I’ve done, no matter what I’ve thought, and no matter what I’ve said in the present or past, He keeps coming after me. And, guess what, He’s coming after you, too!
And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.