Last week I had one of those not so fabulous days where all I wanted to do was crawl in a hole and never come out. Hide from the world for a while. Forget all of those things that seemed to keep on bringing me down. Give myself a break from unsuccessfully trying (yet again) to do things that just didn’t seem to work out for me. Throw myself a pity party. And then I heard God say “Anna… you can crawl into the deepest hole you can find, but I’ll still be there and I’m going to make sure you don’t stay there long ”. And that’s about as far as I went to crawling into that “hole” of mine. I didn’t even have time to hang up the balloons and streamers for my party. Send out invitations… to no one. Dig into a bucket of my favorite ice-cream. God has a way of raining on my parade… err….pity party. Or more like filling it with sunshine.
And honestly… just hearing those words brought tears to my eyes. “I will never leave you…”
Those same words are meant for you today. Whether you’re in a valley or a mountain peak – God will never leave you. He won’t leave you to handle the burdens of life on your own. He won’t leave you with no map, guidance, or directions to figure things out on your own. Hibernating from God, the world, your friends and family is not the answer. You can’t just hide from things in your life that you don’t want to deal with and hope that in time it’ll just “figure itself out”. After you come out of hibernation it’ll magically be resolved. No, God is with you today and He will help you face those things you don’t want to face. Overcome those struggles that always bring you to your knees. Jump over the obstacles that seem to stand in the way of you becoming who you want to be or going where you want to go.
Yes, it’s easier to hibernate. To hide from the world. But isn’t it so much better to be a overcomer with God? To not allow the weight of your burdens to overwhelm you? Your are supposed to place them at Jesus’ feet. Let Him handle them for you in ways that you could never handle them yourself.
When you want to give up… don’t give up on yourself, don’t give up on what you may be hoping or praying for… instead give it up to God. Stop trying to do it on your own. He’s there to help you.
And never forget – nothing can separate you from God and His incredible love for you. Even if you let Him down. Run from Him. He is still there. Waiting patiently for you to run into His loving arms and surrender everything to Him so that He can take care of you only the way a loving father takes care of his beloved child. Let HIM be there for you. 🙂
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Rom 8:38-39
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