We all have those times when life stinks and the feelings run crazy; sadness, anger and frustration. There is a lot of help out there for those times to lead us through the feelings but the problem I have is when my feelings are flat and I feel indifferent. Motivation is nonexistent and it requires more energy than I have to find my way. I can read all the encouraging things that are available but sometimes it just doesn’t “work”. I know for me that my Lyme issue plays a big part but it seems like such wasted time.
What am I supposed to do?
I think preparation is the key. Be ready for those times so the “work” is already done. We so often tend to be caught off guard during the dry times because we have failed to be ready for it. It’s easy for the good times in life to blind us to the possibility of bad times coming our way. I have scripture in different places in my house that are always in my sight. They serve to be there until I can finally crawl out of that pit. It’s the helping hand that walks me through and fills the void when my mind just doesn’t want to engage. Preparation is prudent and wise.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin
This isn’t the same kind of preparation that comes from anxiety about the future. God clearly says for us to not to be anxious and that if He cares for the birds of the air and beasts of the field, He will surely take care of us. This is the preparation of our heart and spirit to withstand trials.
- Hiding the Word in our hearts
- Praying without ceasing
- Setting up accountability and fellowship
Scripture says that affliction is momentary. This flat time will not last forever but how I prepare for it can make the difference in my health, testimony, thoughts and relationships. It can shorten the amount of time I spend in the wasteland.
What are some ways you can prepare for the desert ahead of you? If you haven’t had one yet, you will. Who will you be on the other side? Will you look back and think “what was that about?” or will you be better for the journey?