There is nothing like the uncertainty of something or in not knowing the outcome. When this happens, you need a go-to place when your world spins.
For me, when things are going wrong or I receive bad news, I pray. Talking to God brings me comfort. I am never afraid of saying the wrong thing, nor am I hesitant to ask for something. God knows my heart and needs, and I am always thankful to him for my blessings, even when the darkness approaches.
Recently, I found myself frustrated because things were not progressing or working as I wanted them to in a personal, familial relationship. I know I cannot control the outcome for this person. Nor can I change what they believe, think or say. The only recourse was to thank God for all the good times and ask Him to help my loved one during their struggle.
This year my world has spun several times. More recently, personal news had me flipping upside down again. Always, I reach for God along with the counsel and compassionate ears of a few trusted friends. This is where I find my solace.
I am not one to spend endless days worrying about things I cannot control. There were a few phrases I learned over the years that I remind myself of when I start to worry. The first is that worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but you get nowhere. The second is that worrying is like walking around with an open umbrella waiting for it to rain on a sunny day. These remind me that what is happening, or not happening, is not always in my control and my worrying isn’t going to change the outcome, no matter how much I wish it would.
Whether I worry or not, it won’t change the future and it only steals my joy in the present. Having said that, I understand it is not easy. When I struggle and find myself worrying I try to finds ways to distract myself. My writing does wonders for this as it allows me to escape. I also love music so sometimes I crank up the tunes and dance, or sing along.
The key is that whatever the outcome of the situation, it shouldn’t change who you are or tear you away from your faith. God does not punish us, He loves us and we have been forgiven. Trust in Him and you will find it easier to bear the difficult times.
I am not one to preach, that is not my calling but I do share the things I get from faith through my writing. They provide me, and hopefully others, hope, strength and joy of spirit.
We have never been promised life would be easy and there would be no struggles or sorrow. Life challenges us at every turn. Sometimes the challenge is to become a better person, or to help more. At other times, it is to persevere and handle the situation with grace and dignity.
Whatever you believe, my hope and prayer for you is that you have someone to turn to when your world spins.
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