Don’t Lose Heart

What happens when “one of those days” becomes one of those weeks? Or, one of those months? What happens when you’ve been stuck in a rut off and on for years? When one bad thing happens after another, and you don’t know how much longer you can take? What do you do then? This is the place I’ve found myself more times than I can count… it’s discouraging and disheartening. But,   today the Lord reminded me of what the psalmist, David, said…

“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become restless and disturbed within me?”

I find myself thinking and asking this question so much lately. It’s so frustrating, and I’m over it. I want to feel happy all the time. I know how amazingly good God is, and I literally get annoyed with myself for not being at that mountaintop level that I believe I always should be. It’s like I’m constantly waiting  and expecting for something amazing to happen – for some major life breakthrough – only to be disappointed again. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve experienced some major mountaintop moments… but, they don’t last. Why? 

Because we are made in the valley. 

The valley is the place we are most vulnerable… where we look up to our rescuer. It’s the place where we learn to trust the most, the place we are truly changed. We are made in the valley. 

The scripture goes on to say…

“Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence.”

In the valley, we learn to master the art of waiting expectantly. 

“When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you…” 

In the valley, we learn to stand on the truth we know. Even when it’s simple. Even when it’s just three little words – God is good. 

My life is nothing like I expected it to be. It’s better in most ways, but it’s heart wrenchingly tragic in others. But, in all of it, there is one thing I’m certain of – I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Thanks to Pastor Ray for the reminder!) 

Don’t lose heart. Keep going, and, like Journey said, “don’t stop believing!” 

Xo,

Shannon 

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