Life isn't always rainbows and butterflies. Things don't go our way, from a family member getting sick to a spouse losing their job. Sometimes the issue isn't as extreme as those, maybe it's just tension in a friendship or staying motivated while you're down.
There isn't a scale saying one situation is better or worse, harder or easier. It depends on the person going through it, how they feel about the situation. Some people are more sensitive, while others "suck it up and move on."
Are you the second person? Well, let me tell you something. From one "emotional stuffer" to another, at some point everything will come out. It might not be immediately, it might not be that week, it could be so far down the road you lose track of all the emotions you've stuffed away. But if you don't learn how to work through your feelings, relationships will be harder. Daily tasks will become mundane. And you will start to feel overwhelmed, defeated, and torn down.
Some of you may have read my post about my adoption story. There were so many times emotions were shoved away, which eventually resulted in a blow up. Usually the blow up would happen because of something minor (a fight with my sisters maybe), when really I was struggling with understanding my adoption and my role in the world.
Let me tell you something. Whether you are worried about a sick family member, how to put food on the table, what happened with a friendship, or working through an adoption (as a adoptee, birth family, or adoptive family), God always has a plan.
"Jesus replied, 'You don't understand what I am doing. But someday you will.'" - John 13:7
Do any of the following sound like something you've said? Because I have said and thought every. single. one. I want to encourage you. I want you to know, you're not alone! You are not the only one feeling this way. Things may be at a low point right now, BUT GOD is on your side.
I can't find comfort, BUT GOD says... "I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you." (John 14:18)
I can't find peace, BUT GOD says... "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives. Let your heart not be troubled or afraid." (John 14:27)
I can't figure it out, BUT GOD says... "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit yo him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
I'm too tired, BUT GOD says... "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest, Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
I can't forgive myself, BUT GOD says... "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1)
I can't go on, BUT GOD says... "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Whatever you are going through, it isn't going to last forever. I know that's hard to trust, especially when you are deep in the middle of it. I've been there, I still go through times where I don't know which direction is up. But, I open my Bible, get on my knees, and trust God. Even when there is no way to know how it will end, I put my pride aside and submit to the One who is in control.
Jesus lover, wife, momma, teacher, and hopeful writer.