The past few months in Ontario have been some of the hottest ever recorded. Temperatures have consistently soared to between 30 – 40 degrees when factoring in the humidity.
The air feels sticky, even steamy leaving some folk labouring to take a breath in the oxygen-deprived air. Relief eludes us, in fact, it seems that this intense heat has enveloped almost the entire Northern hemisphere locking us into a vortex of unusually high heat.
I liken this weather to life situations. When trouble hits, whether it is illness, a death, work-related or financial challenges, we are suddenly thrust into the midst of a cloying, uncomfortable placed that depletes our energy and we sink into an abyss of worry or grief. It is an unpleasant and frightening place to be. We have to be strong and not give up as we fight to maintain a semblance of normalcy in our lives.
Just as breathing is challenging on a hot, steamy summer day knowing how to deal with life-challenges can be an arduous uphill battle too.
We become so overwhelmed by the turbulent events that threaten our sanity; even our life and wise decision-making can elude us. That’s when we need help.
The Bible gives us ample encouragement if we choose to read and trust its’ content. We can find many words to hang on to and calm our troubled spirit and mind.
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Psalm 37:7
.. those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up (walk) with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5
I experienced a particularly horrifying period some years ago. My life became a battleground as I was alone and rejected. Jobless and (for a brief period) homeless. I was tired and hopeless. Unable to see the wood among the trees as I became more and more dejected.
A chance (methinks it was a God taking control moment) visit to a small church saved me. I wanted safety and peace. I was ready to give up. I sat. Took a deep breath and asked God for help.
A bible in front of me had a well-worn section and I opened it and read.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me.
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever. NKJV New King James version.
Those few moments filled me with a sense of purpose. I chose to not give up on my life and determined to seek wise advice, instead of struggling alone.
Whatever you are dealing with, please choose to not give up. Reach out for help, be it from a church member, a social services agency or a trusted friend.
I found renewed hope and I know you can too.
God loves you just as you are. Trust Him to be your guide to bring you relief.