Wars Against the Heart
Another rainy day in Vancouver, the slow drizzle does not interrupt my day but just the light rainfall makes the outside seem gloomy. No children are playing, the trees are not moving, the overcast sky is grey, and forbidding; no life appears to be in my small subdivision. I find myself having an emotional roller coaster of feelings, if I focus on the outside, so I cannot. Another thing about the area, just as quickly as the rain arrived, it can leave and the sky will grow sunny and bright; the rain is only temporary. Nevertheless, for now, while it rains, I turn my attention to inside of my home; feeling the warmth of the small heater running near my feet.
The weather, like my life, can be unpredictable; storms and rainy days always show up. Inside of my home, out of the rain I don’t experience its cold drops, similar to my spirit man deep within me; it feels no discomfort when my body suffers the turbulence of life. My spirit man remains calm; comforting my mind and body, like the small dependable heater near my feet keeps me warm. After I accepted Jesus, my deep inward man was renewed; it now does not alter or change, remaining joyful at all times.
The rain never lasts long here, I have been in places where there is very heavy rainfalls, and the rain could last for days at a time. Nevertheless, like the weather in Vancouver, the troubles I face never last. One key thing I understand now is that the way the situation ends depends upon me, how I decide to ride the roller coaster of life’s misfortunes and disappointments. The way I process and perceive the trial is vital to my welfare; I can grow bitter and angry or I can allow the JOY of God in my spirit to give me strength to keep going. God’s word says, Nahum 1:7 (KJV) “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”
Someone asked me once, “If God is so good, so why do people hurt?” In all honesty, the truth is there is no one that is free from any trials or hindrances; the fallen nature of the world that we live in, holds us captive. The more the world removes God, because it is not God causing the problems, fewer people are going to do what is right, and not everyone is going to be nice, respectful, or even grateful. “Misery loves company,” is a statement I heard so long ago, which I did not really understand until many years later. Now I find the phrase is true; instead of holding on to good feelings, we turn to, experiencing what the other felt.
When we listen to people, well-meaning or not, and their words are not from God and do not uplift our hearts, the things they say to us can be detrimental. Most of the time what they say ends up breaking us in some way; we get angry, sad, or throw away our dreams. I know some who drew back their compassion for others, and even others who became disgruntled with God. This the challenge, how do we remain faithful and trust God in difficult times. I try to remember God’s word, 1 Corinthians 2:5 (KJV” 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
Proverbs 3:5-8 (KJV) “5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” The key is about trust, not trusting in the promise of another human being because he or she may let me down, is that God is there and He will never let us down. He knows what we are going through, and he knows our pain. When we depend upon God, although it might look like everything is falling apart around us, he always gives us a good end, one way or another.