I’m just going to be honest right now- y’all ready?!
Life has been TOUGH lately.
I feel as though I’ve just been squandering lately, like I’ve been treading water with no shore in sight.
And it’s been hard.
In fact, when I started to have just a mere emotional breakdown, nothing short of a two-year old in Walmart when you make them skip the candy aisle, I started listening to a song…
And no kidding, the first words of the song go like this:
“Here’s the truth.
Life sucks sometimes.”
My man, Ben Rector, straight read my mind.
And it hit me.
I am not lonely in my feelings of anxiety over the uncertainty in my life.
Or my frustration when I receive no answers to questions that plague my mind.
Or in my overall absolutely overwhelming pit of sinking sand, I was not alone.
And you know what?
It was okay to not be okay.
I was perfectly able to be a full-out basket-case.
But there was one catch in all of this.
It’s the next line of the song.
“When it hurts so bad that you can’t go on, life keeps moving on.”
There it was.
That was it.
You see, we can often feel so drenched by a storm and so wet from the worry that the feeling of sunshine seems like a lost cause.
But the reality is, life keeps moving on.
And we have to, too.
It’s okay to not be okay, yes, but it’s not okay to stay there.
We aren’t in sinking sand.
We are just in some really deep mud and we feel stuck.
But that’s the wonderful thing about life, it doesn’t stop and turn on some music for your pity party.
No, it continues to move forward and you have the decision to get up and come along for the ride again.
I think we often get so carried away in our circumstances that we forget who controls everything.
We feel like we have been defeated so we forget the One who has already stood in Victory for us.
We feel our hands flapping and our feet wailing as we tread water, that we become so completely consumed in our anxiety and misery, we forget to be still for a moment.
Catch our breath.
And remember that the waves have never been too difficult for our Jesus who calms the sea.
Are you going through a hard time right now? Or maybe you just came out of one? Or maybe you are sensing some difficulties looming on the horizon?
Can I encourage you with a very realistic, no-sugar-covered, blissful thought?
Life moves on and so will you.
And as crazy as it sounds and as painful as it is to admit, the tough times make us stronger.
Looking back, I grew the most when I felt like I was completely stuck.
I had to trust my swim instructor rather than my ability to tread the waves.
I had to seriously chill out for just ONE hot second and remind myself:
Maybe you aren’t living in your perfect circumstances right now, but get used to it.
Life sucks sometimes.
But it keeps moving on.
And so will YOU!
And I would bet you 10 million dollars (which we all know is an empty bet because I can’t even draw 10 million I don’t think), that you will be a better swimmer because of the waves, not because you hung out in the lazy river.
No sugar added to this piece of advice: IT KEEPS MOVING ON!
Hang in there, brothas and sistas!
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord And whose trust is the Lord. “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.” -Jeremiah 17:7-8