You know those days when you are reaching for that third cup of coffee or scrounging through the kitchen to find even a little bit of chocolate…even if it is a crumb on a day like this, you’ll take what you can get. Everywhere you turn negativity is clouding your brain, the noise seems to be at an all-time high and the struggle feels super real.
Picking up your phone means one more text or news notification that makes your stomach lurch. Walking through your house feels like a death trap because that last Lego you stepped on almost took your life. You feel weighed down by uncertainty, change, and your really (and I do mean really) long to do list.
Sweet Friend, I totally get it. Those days creep up on me more than I care to even say out loud for fear that someone in the mental health field might hear me.
There are days when we are fighting against an uphill battle, an endless mountain of small losses that add up to a monumental melt down. Those moments are when I feel most defeated, the most anxious and truthfully the most vulnerable. The enemy knows our weaknesses, even the ones we don’t see…or the ones that we brush off as not big enough for trouble. These days are just enough to cause us big trouble.
The fastest way to crash a website it is to overwhelm it with as many visitors as possible…sounding familiar? Our crash comes when the enemy sees his chance to throw as many little annoyances in our ways as possible, anxiety and fear filled news stories, confusion, frustration, too much to do until BOOM. We crash. Hard.
We fly into anger and yelling at those around us, we say things we don’t truly mean and sometimes do things that we will most certainly regret. We walk away from good things because we didn’t see the ploy of the enemy right in front of us. We must recognize his attempts before they get the best of us and say ‘nice try, but you won’t get the best of me!’
He won’t play nice with you or your family, it’s time for us to stop tiptoeing into his traps, it is time to protect our hearts and minds from what’s lurking. Friend, hear my words…it’s time to stop giving him so much control and allow God to assume full control in your life. We must put the chaos we feel in God’s hands and allow Him to redirect us in the way we should go. Sometimes friend, He stops us in our tracks to settle our minds and hearts, sometimes He redirects us with laughter and out bursts of joy…but often He will just simply nudge and remind us who in fact is in control.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”
Our temptation is to let it all pile up on top of us rather than turn to God for relief…rather than hitting the wall we need to hit our knees in prayer, asking God for help. We can’t get through our difficult days without a battle plan in place. When life is overwhelming remember the strategy the enemy has in place. We need to often be reminded in the chaos that God has a victory plan in place for us.