When times are tough
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
I am currently caring for someone who is suffering depression and extreme anxiety. I am no expert in this field and at times I find myself floundering and overwhelmed, not knowing what to do. It can be very emotional and draining on bad days but uplifting and encouraging on the good days. Monday was a really good day, Tuesday was a very bad day but, praise the Lord, turned out to be ok by the end. It is verses like this one that get me through the bad days. Having total faith in God is the only way to move forward and when I find it all overwhelming I pray and it really does offer calmness. I am learning not to worry about tomorrow and only focus on my energy on today, sometimes the next hour. If we make it through a today that is a good thing.
The hardest part of all of this is the phone calls and text messages, never knowing which ones will be good and happy and which ones will be down-right depressing. Trying to remain upbeat and positive when the messages coming through is very difficult. And once in a while one so dark that I can't help but panic. These ones are the hardest to deal with and the most stressful, requiring complete faith and trust in the Heavenly Father.
Trials and tributlations are sent to test us and I am certainly being tested and I can honestly say, that without my faith this would have been so much worse. We are still in the early days and the road ahead will be rocky (I can tell you that Tuesday patch of path was covered in boulders and not pebbles) but knowing that God is with me and will comfort me is a huge weight off my mind.
For all of you that are going through tough times . . . whether that be separation and divorce, health issues, difficult children, depression, lack of sleep, financial problems, caring for elderly parents .... you are in my prayers. At least none of us are doing this alone.
Psalm 23: 4