Recently, a good friend of mine started experiencing some family issues. I did the best that I could to be there for her, but her problems brought back all the fear, anger and pain that I felt during a similar time in my life. I remember wondering, “Will I ever feel secure again? When will this end?” It was a rough time in my life, but I finally figured out how to get through it and better myself in the process…GIVE EVERYTHING TO GOD. You see, the best possible thing that you can do to get past the rough spots in life is to give it all to Him. Treat Him like a parent who will always be there, be completely honest with Him, tell Him everything, and tell Him what you would like to see happen with that situation. But remember…God’s plans aren’t always the same as our plans. I often have to remind myself of that. What I think should happen is, more often than not, not what actually happens. As Christians, we often struggle with that realization.
Being grounded in faith, and our status as “saved” does not mean that our lives are without complications and troubles. While it was easier for me to get through those times by handing everything over to my Heavenly Father, it did not erase the feelings of doubt, and the self-hatred that seemed to wash over me. I felt that I was less than a person, and that I was “ugly.” I realized, after a time, that was NOT the case. That I am not ugly, and I do have worth on this planet. I just needed to get past all the negative, ugly, hurtful feelings to discover my true self. Trust me, that path of discovery is not even close to being complete. I can say with certainty that I will be meandering on this path for the rest of my life. Have a blessed day!