Have you ever felt defeated in life? It’s not necessarily the huge setbacks that may make you feel like a loser, but more often than not,the daily struggles you are yet to overcome that make you feel perpetually small.
When kids are sick and grumpy, when you are home bound for days on end, when you seem to be running into one argument after another… you may feel like nothing is going for you and everything is going against you.
When you try to gain happiness from personal fulfilment, you will be miserable when life is at odds with you. But when you centre your fulfilment around being delighted in Christ, you will be have a deep well of joy springing out of you!
I learn these days that joy can be mine in the midst of my daily mishaps.
Joy, unlike happiness, is birthed deep within and comes from an attitude of surrender and trust. A surrender not to demand our own ways and a trust in God that He is working through all that is happening to make us more Christ-like.
Today as I penned a personal prayer for changes in my life, i come across this beautiful psalm that speaks life to me.
“You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
I find great pleasures in mulling, meditating and memorizing the verses above.
For a good year my heart has been dead towards the beauty of relationships. Through hurts, I have closed off my heart towards others, not permitting anyone to walk in.
But God’s promise to hide, preserve and surround me with His songs of deliverance and to be with me, to watch over me, to teach and instruct me means that I will surely come out of this life as a winner on the other end.
Friends, I believe this promise stands true for you too. Let’s walk together today, with our heads held high. Let’s understand that our greatest setbacks can be God’s very instrument to free us from a life of self dependence. Let’s trust Him that our hard-heartedness can be transformed into a haven of love.