I’m going to be very honest with you and mostly because I’m the one always posting about being transparent. (So, I gotta walk my talk.) So here’s the truth… some seasons are just tough. And while I’m filled with gratitude that my family is rock solid, my kids are thriving, we have our health, and countless other blessings… it’s impossible to expect that we are going to bat a thousand ALL of the time.
And I think that’s the lie the enemy is trying to sell us on following Jesus. That it’s going to be a basket of butterflies and rainbows and unicorns. Or even that it’s just going to be easier.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that. So what we do? Oh gosh, I’ll be the first to tell you that I look to just about everything else when I’m feeling that little “ugh” in my soul. I peruse shopping websites, reach for a bag of chips, stay in my jammies, find a friend to gossip with….. spin the wheel of “coping mechanisms” and see what you get. My wheel of choices may look different than yours. But all of them are just temporary fixes for the only real source that will fix that little dull spot in our soul.
God made us with that little spot and HE is really the only thing that fits in their perfectly to fill the hole.
it funny that it’s the last thing we turn to…. But it’s the only solution? A sunny vacation, a new purse, a good buzz from a glass of wine….. none of those replace the love that God can provide. I sat in my favorite reading chair for 30 minutes this morning doing everything I could to avoid cracking my bible. Why? Because I believed a lie that something so simple as reading a book, written by the father who created me, could change my funky mood. Well, I was wrong. Like a stubborn teenager who won’t listen to their parents advice about school, self-care, dating, (insert practically ANYTHING here,) our Father truly does know what is best for us.
Friends, there is no other substitute. Self-sustainment from the world will only get us by temporarily. We can run around on caffeine but eventually we need true rest. I hope this slice of raw honestly propels you to stop and spend some time with God today so HE can fill whatever empty spot you are dealing with today.
Psalms 23:1 – The Lord is my shepherd (comforter, protector, guide, caretaker): I shall lack nothing.