There are different seasons in our lives. Seasons of joy and laughter abound, but there are also seasons of intense pressure. In this season, the wind of adversity blows against us without warning and life is rough and daunting. Situations sometime look insurmountable, but there are steps to take in God to obtain victory.
A dear friend once asked me:
“Would things ever get better?”
This was a question born out of intense pressure because she had literally walked through the valley of the shadow of death. There are no clear answers to such questions when a person has lost her job along with a husband and two lovely children to fire. Her house was also put up for foreclosure. To say the least, it was a difficult time for her.
I thought long and hard if things could ever get better? I did not have the answer, but the answer I knew was faith in Jesus.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4) NKJV
What do you do when your life is collapsing right before you? How do you recover from a tragic accident that cost you your family? How do you go on after you are told you’ve been fired? How do you recover from the loss of a home? Is there a cure for the loneliness, isolation or depression from the aftermath of a tragic situation? Nothing was minor or casual about what my dear friend was going through. In college, no one would have thought she would experience this much in 14 years.
When faced with them, there are clear choices we need to make. We either continue to struggle against the wave of difficulties, or turn to God to equip us with the wisdom to deal with the situation.
Although my friend had that moment of weakness, her faith was always her anchor in life’s uncontrollable waves. I learned these few lessons from her:
1. I learned not to cower in fear, but launch out on a faith mission to overcome the difficulty, with the help that God supplies. When problems appear, learn to turn completely to God. Trust Him to care for you.
2. The second lesson I learned is to trust God with my situation and leave the consequences to Him. As you go through the fire, your life is being molded for a great blessing. God expects you to lift up your head and see where your help comes from (It comes from God who made heaven and earth). Then, you will see the many promises He has for you and the covenant He has with you.
- I also learned that when all hope seems gone and sorrow seems to cloud the way, I need to give my life to Him and say:
“It is well (2x)
with my soul (2x)
It is well, it is well with my soul.”
4. I learned to speak to God about His promises concerning me and ask Him to do what only He can do about the situation.
5. The fifth lesson I learned is to ignite the fuel of “Never-give-up!” I make up my mind that negative thoughts will not take over my heart’s garden. I deliberately plant seeds of goodness in my heart with God’s Word. I choose to ignite the spirit of “never-give-up” by confessing the word of God.
Truly, life’s situation can be solved by having staying power with God.