Life can come at us fast with various situations to adjust to within a short period of time. There are seasons in our lives where our faith will be tested to it’s brink by the onset of unexpected challenges, circumstances, and what may appear at the time as chaos. Life may come at us fast and sometimes hard, but it’s in those times where God reveals the power of his promises by strengthening our faith. Yes, life is unpredictable, but what remains the same is the Lord’s promise to never leave us nor forsake us in being there in the mist of life’s unpredictable events.
I know what it is to be in need, I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4 : 12-13
“This Can’t Be Happening!”
Life doesn’t seem to appear to work in our favor in spacing out events according to our plans. Have you ever had one of those “I can’t believe this is happening moments! ” in your life when things were coming at you fast all at one time? It’s like one day what you thought was your norm wasn’t your norm. It’s like all your future plans took a nose dive overnight drifting far from what you predicted for your life. There are people who looked like they were the eptimany of health who later found out through diagnosis that they now have a serious medical condition to face. There are couples who believed in after marriage” happily ever after” was a given years after saying “I do” who went from overnight planning Christmas dinner to preparing for an inevitable divorce. I’ve seen families on social media who were so excited in expecting a new bundle of joy to be welcomed into the family posting glowing pictures of a mother holding her beautiful round belly, and the same couple posting a heartbreaking remembrance of the precious angle that received their wings. We are not immune from experiencing pain,disappointments, lost, and tragedy as believers. It’s not a quick fix in coping that magically or majestically take our sorrows away when life hits us hard with a low blow in coming at us fast. However, in building a relationship with God, studying his word, and remembering his promises through the salvation of Jesus Christ God invites us in a comforting embrace of assurance that lets us know that we are not forgotten.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3: 16
My Own Moments
I’ve had a roller coaster of moments of extreme highs and lows in being hit by life events where I felt like I was gasping for air inside in catching my breath. I’ve experienced what some may have thought could be stretched in a lifetime happen in a few months in seasons. My last six months in leading towards the end of the year were eventful at best. One month I went from resigning from a teacher’s position in an intimate setting, being offered another teacher’s position in a larger district unexpectedly, and in leaving my first orientation in the new position being in a near fatal car accident. I went from celebrating happy birthday with my mother to having her share with me in a week she was battling a rare cancer. Our home went from two parents in the home to my husband accepting a job offer from out of town being only physically available for weekends and extended holidays. The stress, strain, absence, and more took a toll on our marriage from which now begins us in a new season in coping just to be amicable parents. Whew! Things literally seemed to spin rapid, fast, and hit hard in a short timeframe for me. I’ve had my moments in the past few months and throughout life where my faith has been tested. I’ve experienced some major trials with no grace of space in the events coming forth back to back. I don’t think God has a abandoned me, and I don’t believe that God has abandoned you when it feels like we’re being hit with life altering events.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John: 16: 33
I don’t believe in putting on a facade in pretending things are okay when they are not. If we don’t accept and address what we are going through it can be equally as detrimental down the line. I also feel that as Christians we bare witness to others of God’s power, authority, love, and grace in handling things when life comes at us fast or when things look like they are falling apart. Don’t allow what appears to be uncertain, difficult, or challenging weakening your faith. Allow life’s unexpected events to strengthen your faith growing you closer to your Heavenly Father.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18: 10
Here are a few things to reflect on when life comes at you fast to stay faithful, grounded, and to not grow bitter in content when things don’t work out as planned:
- Build Up Your Prayer Life: Don’t feel as though you have to go through this journey alone. It maybe difficult to connect in prayer with your mind racing with so many thoughts, but don’t allow what you are going through to distance yourself from God. There is no set time limit, need for elaborate words, or a special location for you to go to in order to engage in prayer with the Lord.
- Study God’s word: Connect and reflect a scripture that appeals to your heart from what you are going through. Place that memory verse some place where you can see it as a reminder. Don’t try to cope in drowning the pressures away with drugs, alcohol, porn, neglect, negative conversation which will only provide a temporary fix in giving a false sense of comfort.
- Try Not To Isolate Yourself: It’s tempting to block everything out and to distance yourself from everyone when you feel overwhelmed. You will need time to process it all alone in thought, but don’t totally isolate yourself from those who love you, care about, and who are willing to be of support. Enjoy sharing time as a “healthy distraction” with close friends. Talk about what you’re experiencing with a close friend, loved one, or someone in leadership with spiritual maturity who can offer prayer and sound guidance.
- Avoid Unnecessary Stressors & Anything That’s Toxic: You got a lot going on. Be unashamed to admit that you have a lot going on to focus on in considerion of limiting stress. Stress can weigh heavy on the mind, body, and spirit. It’s during this season where you need to be sure to take care of yourself. Avoid unnecessary stressors that send you in a downward spiral. Distance or remove yourself from toxic setting, situations, and even people that are your triggers. You don’t need that when you’re plate is full and when you’re carrying a heavy load.
- Focus Solely On What You Have The Power To Change: There are somethings that are simply out of your control. Give it over to God wholeheartedly what you have no power to control. Allow God to have his way in intercession on your behalf in challenging circumstances to manifest his power in giving him full authority and glory in making away in what appears as no way.
It’s all going to work out. Be blessed beautiful people. 💋