Have you ever woke up to gray clouds piled on the morning horizon? Before you put a foot on the floor, the day is already a disappointment. Does it feel as if your life is falling apart? Are you or someone you know feeling really discouraged or even depressed as if nothing is working out? Maybe your marriage is failing or you lost your job. The concerns of the day can be overwhelming who will run the country, what will happen tomorrow.
Maybe you got a phone call and it was bad news, “Sorry, its cancer,” or your spouse left you, or a loved one recently died. Maybe the falling stock market has left you on financial empty. Things in your life were going so smoothly, then suddenly a storm hit your life, and now all your plans destroyed. The world will tell you that if you just find the right person to be with then you will find hope. On the other hand, if you just get a new job, everything will be all right. If you somehow had more money, things would shift to your favor. However, all those things can never fully satisfy.
Life is a long journey, loaded with ecstatic happiness as well as painful moments. Life is a journey of twist, turns, and difficulties. It never stays the same. It does not matter if we accept or reject the changes taking place; the series of experiences that make up the journey called life are a part of who we are, they make us and break us, and we have to live with them. If we look at life from a broader perspective, we will understand that our experiences nurture our soul and slowly transform us into who we are in the broken world in which we live.
However, we are not alone over in the book of Lamentations; Jeremiah is brutally honest as he states his complaints to God. He tells God, “I don’t like anything that’s going on in my life right now. I do not like what I see happening in the economy. I do not like what is going on with our national security. I do not like seeing people starving and out of work. I do not like seeing the immorality, injustice, and crime. Yet over in the book of Psalm 34:17-18 is a promise that you can claim, and you can do it today. It says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
The good news is the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and he promises to help those who cry out to Him. Jesus says to you in Matthew 11:28 “Come into me all you that labor and are heavy-laden and I’ll give you rest.” You may not need this right now, because of where you are in your life. Everything might be all sunshine and no rain for you, and if that is the case, then praise God! However, I hope you will take it all to heart because I guarantee you will need the words in this post someday. Inevitably, there will come a time in your life maybe even multiple times — when the wheels finally fall off, and you will need to know what to do when you find yourself going through the rough times. Remember the bible says in the book of Job 14:1 “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble”.