Today I was thinking about adversity and trials and how hard it is sometimes to see beyond the trial. Especially when we are the thick of it. I know from personal experience how tough it can be to try to look past today and see a future that is bright. Especially when you add something like postpartum depression, anxiety, seasonal or ongoing depression, bipolar or any other illness to the mix. We tend to retreat into ourselves and fail to find purpose in what is happening in our life. Which I tend to believe is a great amount of refining. A little bit (or maybe a lot) of pressure and heat to form us into the masterpiece that we are.
One of my favorite scriptures comes from Proverbs 3:5
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
In that scripture passage there are 4 words that stand out to me. Trust, lean, acknowledge and direct.
To me, he is saying, “Do you trust me enough to lean on me and let me guide you?”
When we acknowledge him we are humbling ourselves enough to recognize that he is in control. When we are humble we are teachable and moldable. We are allowing him to take the wheel (borrowing from Carrie Underwood) and steer us in the right direction.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. His plan for our life is much bigger and better than our plan. And even though it’s hard when we are in the midst of something especially hard and painful, we have to learn to lean into the Master. He will mold us and shape us into the great people that we can be. There is always help, there is always a way. So today I want you to have hope and thrust that things are going to get better. Sometimes in the waiting it’s hard to imagine that it ever will. But finding a little piece of hope is all you need to take one more step towards the end of the tunnel where the light will come shining through. You will look back and be amazed at how far you’ve come! And if you are already in the light, continue to trust in him to keep you moving in the direction you need to go. That’s it for today!