Life's a bitch and then you die
Every person has something that has caused pain, struggle and unrest. A thorn in our side, an injury to our soul, a load on our shoulders…something that has happened to us at some point that has marked, damaged and scarred us and continues to cause problems and difficulties that just won’t go away.
Some of us have been stricken with a sudden illness or a tragic accident. Some of us struggle with affairs of the heart whether a broken heart, divorce, separation, betrayal, or loss. While others suffer from physical violation, mental torment, discrimination or a great injustice.
Life has changed us and we are no longer the easy-going, happy-go-lucky person we once were.
Some of us believe we must have done something to deserve our misfortune. Like Job, we think that our pain and struggles are because of sin.
“If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins? For I will soon lie down in the dust; you will search for me, but I will be no more.”- Job 7:20-21
And some walk away from God believing He doesn't care and has abandoned us.
It just seems that every day there is something new that adds to our sadness and troubles, preventing us from moving forward to be confident and fearless people.
So many of us live in defeat with depression, insecurity, self-loathing, anger, sorrow, guilt, shame, loss of faith and fear. This dark cloud follows us wherever we go and can manifest into withdrawal from life, addiction and even suicidal thoughts. The lack of control over our own life seems overwhelming. And many of us believe the saying, "Life's a bitch and then you die."
Some of us redirect our energies to escape from what pains us, while others are very good at hiding their suffering, putting out a rosy exterior and masking their true selves. And some just bury it deep inside, pretending our pains don't affect us, not believing our soul is dying.
Wounds that are picked at will always reopen and will never heal.
So many Christians believe that God should automatically bless His children without asking and bad things should never happen to us.
Well, each of us, whether saved or unsaved, has to face tough challenges in this life. Jesus said: “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” – Matthew 5:45
And we don't know why some people seem to suffer more than others.
Though negative people have brought us many of our struggles; we can also be our worst enemy. Sadly, there are those who hold on to what hurts them. We have become accustomed to our pain. We have learned to live with a broken heart and spirit, being a victim and identify ourselves as such.
We are the ones who are preventing ourselves from finding the peace and freedom we so wish we had. Instead we enjoy our pity parties and continue reliving our pain so we can we remain angry, distrustful of people, never happy and always miserable.
We can't seem to release the hold of what is keeping us captive and killing us. We just keep going back to what makes us sick and reliving our pain.
"A dog returns to its own vomit" and "a sow after washing, returns to wallowing in the mud." - 2 Peter 2:22
But no matter what situation we are in, Jesus knows about it and wants to free us from all that plagues us. He only asks us to let Him in. It is a choice.
That doesn't mean our troubles will go away, but He promises to be there through all the ills that haunt us. But we have to allow Him into those areas that we have tightly locked up.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me.” – Revelation 3:20
Trust and accept His unconditional love and know that He only desires good for us. Whether we are struggling with daily life, reliving a painful experience, dealing with difficult people, mourning a broken spirit or just finding ourselves, God asks us to bring each aspect of our lives to Him and trust Him.
Our problems may not go away, but He will guide us to show us how to let go of what pains us, make the right choices toward healing and overcome the obstacles that have disabled us.
He will show us what we need to do and teach us what we need to learn.
He desires to partner up with you so you can heal, have faith, gain wisdom and find peace. But you must give everything to Him. Everything.
Yes, life is a bitch, but through Jesus, we can choose life instead of death.
Talk to Him, He is listening. Release your belief that things can never change and give Him your heart and troubles and ask Him to be with you. And He will.
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." -Matthew 28:20b
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