Whether it be personal trouble, political trouble, work trouble, family trouble, emotional trouble or spiritual trouble, its all the same….it’s trouble.
We can’t avoid it. This horrible “T” word is lurking around every corner, waiting to defeat us, distract us and even seduce us. Some of us run to it, but many of us attempt to avoid it out of fear. It makes us uncomfortable, disrupts plans and causes pain. Trouble is, well, trouble!
In my gut, I feel the need to say that, although trouble is present everywhere, we must not let it control us, manipulate us or defeat us. I have good news friends! There’s hope and I know where to find it in 5 letters…see below:
Before you fast forward through this post, shaking your head at just another “Jesus fanatic post,” I invite you to hear me out.
I don’t view Jesus as a magic genie who is able to rid my life of all trouble. I don’t expect him to provide earth-shattering revelations daily (although, that would be cool!) I don’t even expect Him to always take away my pain when I’m hurting (and there are days when I’d like him to!)
What I’m confident of is Jesus’s consistency and truthfulness. By this, I mean that He doesn’t change and He’s very honest about trouble. In fact, he pretty much guarantees it! “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
There’s no skating around it, problems arise in life, whether we believe in Jesus or not. Here’s the point that I want to stress about Jesus though: SURE, JESUS DOESN’T PROMISE FREEDOM FROM TROUBLES, BUT HE PROMISES PEACE AMIDST THEM.
Did you catch that? He promises PEACE AMIDST the troubles! That’s amazing stuff!
There have been times in my life where I’ve just been down in the dumps…where life seems mundane and hopeless…where my feelings seem to overtake my faith. It’s during those times that I’ve felt God’s presence the most. Like a warm blanket covering me, making things clear. It’s hard to explain…it’s supernatural. Jesus meets us where we are in the most simple, practical ways because, well, He knows us and He created us.
So what are you facing today? Have you just lost someone special to you? Has your health gone downhill? Are you lonely? Are you afraid? Do you feel unloved? Are you facing an impossible situation? Are you lacking hope? If any of these things sound familiar to you, it’s okay, I’ve felt these feelings too at one time or another.
I simply just want to invite you to consider asking Jesus to meet you where you are. I’m not kidding, just ask “Jesus, can you please meet me where I am?” That’s it. Nothing fancy, just simple and practical.
Look for Him, He’s there, waiting to give you one of those big ‘ol grandpa hugs.