‘Tis an early sunset on this gentle night; though all is not calm and all is not bright.
I guess I’m not ready for darkness’ descent; my mind is torn, my bandwidth is spent.
But alas, these signs, we cannot change despite the dawns now closer in range.
And so I press on and count the cost wondering if this year has been lost.
One thing for sure are the lessons won; these three alone are worth the run.
1) If you’re stuck between a rock and hard place, make God the latter to trust Him in pace.
2) If you’re weary at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on; let this be how you cope.
3) If you’re lost at a sea, at a point of breaking, change your course; leave peace in your waking.
To do these things in trial is hard; why not let God guide you in front and rear guard?
Footnotes (per series above)
1) When you allow God to be your rock in difficult situations, you focus your mindset on what doesn’t change as opposed to what does (see Psalm 18). Not to mention you eliminate negativity on one side of the equation to scale your problems proportionally. Why not invite the ultimate absolute into your midst and make Him your trust?
2) The beauty of crisis and chaos is this silver lining: When you feel there’s nothing else to grab hold of, you can always grab hold of your rock (see #1; verses below)
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”~ Matthew 5:3 (MSG)
“I’m nearly at the end of my rope. Don’t turn away; don’t ignore me! That would be certain death. If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice, I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you. Point out the road I must travel; I’m all ears, all eyes before you.” ~ Psalm 143:7-10 (MSG)
3) While some may feel like they’re holding on for dear life, for others, the circumstances may seem more like a crossroads. How many of you can recall a particular intersection you felt like no matter what direction you chose, the outcome was a lose-lose?
If you can relate, consider the fact…
When you’re at a breaking point, you can make it a turning point.
Per Romans 4:1-3 (MSG): “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.”
Often, when we’re struggling, we balk at full surrender or rely on our own terms. I know for me, there are times when I succeed in admitting helplessness, yet stray trying to make sense of my surroundings. If you’re ever caught in this conundrum, rather than entertain dark thoughts, let God’s spirit sustain you (Proverbs 18:15) as you steer into His presence, goodness, sovereignty, etc. In this way, you can find a corrected course divinely set without the striving.