“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You. Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the scorn of the fool! I am mute; I do not open my mouth, for it is You Who have done it. Remove Your stroke from me; I am spent by the hostility of Your hand. When You discipline a man with rebukes for sin, You consume like a moth what is dear to him; surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah “Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not Your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with You, a guest, like all my fathers. Look away from me, that I may smile again, before I depart and am no more!”
~ David, a man after G_d’s own heart, in Psalm 139
Oh beloved, it is true.
The truth is, many of us have been hurt bad by life. And, it probably isn’t real life if we do not go through some sort of pain. The trouble comes, though, when stuff comes at us so fast, or so hard that we don’t have the capacity to process things effectively.
foreign expert visa
passport and wallet(doh!)
trust in a ‘christian’ company
the ability for me and my wife to live in the same country for some time due to immigration issues
Special Ed for my son
Can we see it?
What makes a former drunk able to get through this? Honestly brothers, the last six years in Asia have been a virtual blizzard of difficulty. And while I am built somewhat tenaciously, the weight of all our stuff (and even some persecution) have nearly crushed us.
And i have not had a drink.
Well, it has felt pretty dicey sometimes. But, the best explanation for my success is that i consciously chose to not go through this stuff alone. I have, by His Grace, gotten up the vast majority of mornings and spent time in devotions with Him. And then, as much as possible, i have yielded to His Presence in my life through the day.
And… His Presence often came in the eyes and ears and mouth of friends who were willing to put up with my processing, pain, and genuine mourning. I did not (actually would not) allow myself to go through the pain of the last six years without a direct connection to someone else.
If there is one thing i have learned, the old liar has only one strategy: Divide and Conquer. He wants to get me cut away from the help i need, and there, go in for the kill.
Sorry devil. i am too scared to fight you alone. i choose to Live in His Presence, and in the presence of others. That means: you go away, and stay away.
So, are you feeling beat up bad? It does happen. You can get THROUGH this. But, you cannot do it alone. Tonight is your night. Deal with stuff. But don’t do it alone!
~ Rick Warren