What do you do when things pile up on you? When one thing after another doesn’t go as planned, disappoints, or just flat out goes completely wrong? It is during these times that can be hardest to maintain faith.
Our family has spent the past several years facing hardships, day after day where I sometimes think life cannot get much worse, and yet I wake up again another day and it seems the impossible has happened and life has gotten worse.
In the Book of Job, we see a man faced with one calamity after another. He loses his children, his possessions, and his health. His friends just do not understand, and their know-it-all advice hurts even more.
Have you felt that way? I know I have!
When things pile up on us, we have to just keep going. Sometimes I wonder if life will ever get better. I know there are people out there who struggle every minute of every day of their lives. Good people. God-fearing people, and I have that gnawing pit in my stomach, that little devil on my shoulder, telling me that no matter what I do, I will never get that job, never be smart enough to finish that class, never have time to sit down in peace and enjoy my precious children again.
But we must not give up. We must not give in to that devil on our shoulder. He is not imaginary. He is very real and he is trying to bring us down. We must not think the way the world thinks but keep going, refusing to be average, refusing to give in to the exhaustion and thoughts that we will never be good enough.
When things keep piling up on us, it provides us the opportunity to humbly ask our friends to pray for us and to continue to give our lives over to the Lord. Only He is strong enough to move that devil on your shoulder. Give Him the space and time He wants to let Him do it!
When things pile up on you, even though I may not know your name, the Lord does and I have put you in my prayers. I am asking you to pray for my family and me as well. I humbly admit I could use your intercession. Thank you.
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