You know the kind. Out of nowhere, something you weren’t expecting happens. You are going along in your daily life and then – POW – out of nowhere, you are hit. It can be a medical diagnosis, a job loss, or a relationship conflict. It’s almost always something that you couldn’t see coming. There are a few thoughts to consider when these things happen.
- Recognize it hurts. When we are physically wounded we allow ourselves to acknowledge the pain. We should allow ourselves the same freedom when we are wounded emotionally. Recognize the pain, acknowledge the feeling, and share how you are feeling with others.
- Realize your need for Him. Life is hard. We were never meant to do it alone. Lay it down and realize your need for Him. John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (ESV)
- Remember He is faithful. 1 Thessalonians 5:24a – “He who calls you is faithful.” He has not abandoned us in our time of need. He will not give up on us. He cannot abandon us because that goes against His very nature. He is faithful. This blow did not catch God unaware. He was with you before the crisis; He is still there through the crisis and will continue with you after the crisis. You are NOT alone!
- Good can come from this. Romans 8:28 tells us “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” This does not mean that all things are good, rather that through God all things can work together for the good. We cannot see the big picture. We do not know, nor understand, the future outcome. We can, however, rest in the promise of His word and His promises that good can come from it. Someday. Somehow.
- Recognize it is not a final blow. We know how the final chapter ends. Romans 8:37 says, “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” This may be a battle we are fighting, but the war is already won. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
- There is hope for better things to come. It will not always feel this bad. It will not always hurt this much. Your days will get brighter.
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV)
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)