A lifeline for us
Sometimes life feels more like a chaotic riot than anything remotely peaceful. This happens particularly when we find ourselves on an "unintended journey" (1) and do our best to navigate new and confusing roads ahead of us.
We walk through addictions, surgeries, deaths, accidents, separations, break ups, unemployment, mental and physical maladies, financial crises, miscarriages, regrets from past decisions, betrayal, loneliness, depression, anxiety, disabilities of various kinds… sitting there thinking "it's not supposed to be this way" (2).
And we're right… it's not supposed to be this way.
What Chris (and Christ!) is telling us is that life doesn't have to end at despair. Or hopelessness. Or fatigue. Or confusion. Or heartbreak. The fact that we are out of options and have no more strength left to do life is God's cue to make His strength known (2 Corinthians 12:19), but we have to seek Him.
He is waiting to transform us through these challenges, whatever they are.
Transformation may feel impossible. Know I'm right here with you. Yet, as Christians, we choose to believe that ahead of us is flourishing and hope (Jeremiah 29:11) and that He will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6) even if everyone else seems to.
We choose to believe His words because they become a lifeline for us. We start focusing on our love story with Him rather than on the chaos in or around us. Rather than glimpsing at Jesus and gazing at our problems, we gaze at Jesus and glimpse at our problems (Lysa Terkeurst).
Even when life feels like a nightmare, believe that there is more. Believe that your love story with God will make all the difference in the world. Come to Him as child, completely and utterly dependent on His strength.
Allow this love story to flourish bit by bit, by seeking Him daily, so that you can enter into a life of healing and hope. A life where you can laugh more, smile more, enjoy more, endure more, learn more.
Come near to God and He will come near to you (James 4:8).
Be gentle yet honest with yourself on this journey.
I have written this for you as much I have written for myself.
In other words, I am here with you on this one and I am rooting so hard for us.