I chose the title “Authentic Truths” because that’s all I wanted to share. The authentic truth of God’s perfect love in our imperfect lives. I never wanted to be anything but honest, and today is no different.
I have to admit I’m a bit overwhelmed in this particular moment. I have faith tomorrow will always be a better day, that things will get better with time. It’s just not a day that I can forge forward in positivity for what the future may hold when my current reality is chaos, to say the least.
This chaos isn’t anything I’ve created. I feel like I’ve been picked up with the socks and underwear and am floating on a never ending spin cycle! Here I sit watching through the window as life goes on, but I am being slammed against the door as I spin, turning and tumbling through this particular moment in life.
It’s easy to sit on the outside of a situation and offer those words about tomorrow being a better day, when you aren’t currently being flung around like a rag doll in a dirty situation you didn’t create. It’s easy to believe that positive words are welcomed no matter what, and you would be correct. Anyone drowning in the bubbles of negativity will always appreciate those kind and positive, encouraging words.
It’s not that we don’t want or need them- the problem is that we also need someone to join us in the here and now, to be authentic in the reality that we find ourselves in, today!
God knew this. He was honest in his Word- he advises us to consider it a joy when we face trials, because those trials will strengthen us in ways we could never imagine (see James 1:2-3). God himself sent us the message to never fear or be filled with anxiety, because He will always be with us and for us. (see Isaiah 41:10). He wouldn’t give us direction on dealing with trials and tribulations, fear and anxiety, if we wouldn’t one day face such things. He prepares us for those days.
Unfortunately, too often, our support comes in the way of trying to convince the ones going through difficult times to look beyond them and to focus on a more pretty moment in time, you know, where the butterflies and rainbows are looming and calling our names!
Today is a rough day. This particular moment in my life is a rough moment. My encouragement is knowing that right here, in this moment, God is with me. That he sees my pain, my hurt and my disappointment, and he allows me the time to hurt, the time to question, the time to just sit here and be still. It’s when I choose to stop every thought and action, and truly sit and be still, that God offers me the greatest encouragement of all…”that HE is God”.. (see Psalms 46:10)
Nothing in this world can come at me that will ever change that. Nothing can break me down because here is my God, holding me up every step of the way. Even if I’m currently floating through spin cycle, he’s right there spinning with me. That image brings a smile to my face, even a giggle. Thank you God, for being you.