There is a lie that gets perpetuated as we age that can make us whimper with despair or leave us rigid with lack of emotion. That lie is the one that whispers to us that we are stuck, that things will probably never get better, and even if they did, it wouldn’t last because we don’t deserve it. It is the by-product of pain we have endured in the past, of disappointments and failures, and circumstances we couldn’t control. It’s a bitter pill, and it renders us hopeless, and often helpless. But let me call it out: it is a lie.
Sometimes we have so much noise in our heads that we cannot properly process our situation. Some of us have never been told that we have options, have never been apprised of the fact that we do not have to walk this journey alone, or have no idea that God is good, and His heart toward us is tender and merciful. We didn’t realize that our bitterness and resentment were choices that we made in response to what was put in our paths, and that we have the power to change those responses. We don’t have to be eaten up by the toxic emotions that threaten to kill us. We. Don’t. Have. To.
Let me encourage you that there is hope, and it is not based on you or your circumstances. There is Someone who promises to bring beauty out of our ashes, to restore what the locusts have eaten. Our God is very real, very intimate, very concerned about you and your heart, but He must be chosen. He will not bust down your door, but He will woo you. He is not responsible for the crap in your life, but He will take on the burden if you let Him. You do have choices. You are not stuck.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him! — Psalm 34:8