If we were really honest when people ask, “How are you doing?” …well, some of us might go into a rant about what is really going on. Who did us wrong. How the morning didn’t go so well. What child made us want to ring their neck. How those jeans didn’t fit just right. The things we didn’t get. The people who looked at us wrong. …and the list goes on… and perhaps on.
How do you REALLY feel? With a good amount of reflection, we could tell you exactly how we feel, but most times, it’s not how we feel, it’s how something else made us that way. We blame others for our bad moods. We point at circumstances and events in our lives that created in us some type of victim. We want everything that is bad to be someone else’s fault.
But ohhhh, if it’s going good…it’s all about US, right?
But what if we take all of those things–good AND bad– and remind ourselves that it’s really, all good. I know what you are thinking! “I don’t have a mate, my parents died just when I needed them, my child is driving me to drink (literally) or I was just diagnosed with …” How in the world can THOSE THINGS be good???
I totally admit, it is hard to look at our low low looooow valley circumstances and think they are good. They aren’t. They are sad, devastating, body aching times that feel like they are going to do us in. They are going to break us.
We don’t have to claim the brokenness. We don’t have to stay in our cracked state. Oh yes, these things change us. Sometimes we change a lot. Our personalities become different. We don’t talk the same, don’t do things we used to do or even try to disappear. It happens. I know. I’ve seen it. I’ve experienced it. But we don’t have to stay like that. We don’t have to create a different path for our future because we have had a horrible experience. We CAN look at the good, bad and super ugly in a different way. We can. We have the ability. God made us with a free-will, a choice, a daily question to answer. How will you take today? How will you survive this? How will you look at what is in front of you and come out the other end? HOW?
If you have read to this point, you want to know what I have to say about His answer.
This is the only way I have gotten through any trying time in my life successfully. It is through the word of the Almighty God! He is the answer. He is my perspective. He is my answer to “HOW?”!!! The only answer I know to be right and true. You can read those self-help books written by people who say apple cider vinegar and ginger root fixes all that ails you. You can. I’ve read a few. But the only book that can truly help fix what ails you is THE BIBLE. It’s written by God inspired and guided people who are bringing us HIS truth.
A lot of people have a lot of reasons why they don’t read it. “It’s too long. It has weird stories. It doesn’t tell me anything. It just doesn’t help me.” All of those excuses tell me that you are not in a place where you really want a fix. You don’t want a different perspective. You don’t want an answer to your, “How?” You don’t need it so bad that you will reach out to God and ask for His help, because you don’t believe He can do it.
I’m telling you right now in this blog that has gone a little longer than I thought it would…
He can help any situation, any circumstance….ANYTHING.
But you first must believe. You have to step toward Him and not away. You have to want it… so bad… you will do anything to grab on to it! Read the Bible. Pray for God to reveal what He has for you. He wants to help you through whatever you are going through. He wants to be there for the good, the bad, the really hideous! He wants to answer your “HOW?” He wants to help you see what He sees, because no matter what it is, if you love Him, if you trust Him… ALL THINGS work together for your good.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28