We live in a crazy world that has a bad habit of throwing crazy things at us. These crazy things can lead to depression and abuse (whether it is of substances, relationships or yourself.)
Because of the time period that we live in, these things abound. They are everywhere in this world, and it’s hard not to see that.
But that’s not the purpose of this. It’s already been established that only the hope and peace of Jesus can do that.
I would like to write to those who don’t feel like they can say anything — those who feel lost, confused, numb and alone. This is to those who know Jesus and preach His name, but feel just as lost as the people they are trying to reach — the people who don’t want to address that they have a problem and that they need help.
This is to those who look at themselves in the mirror and see someone who should see a Child of the King, but all they see is someone who should know better and then because they should know better, they beat themselves up.
I’m writing this to people like me…
People who should know the power of God, and who have seen Him move in amazing ways, but who so easily forget that they are treasured, loved, and Children of the King.
Firstly, I want you to know that you’re not alone. There are people who feel just like you in your community; they are just hiding it because they are afraid of what others will say.
Secondly, you need to know that there are people who love you and want to see you thrive. They would love to pray and cry with you and just be there when you need someone.
These people will love you and reach out to you. They would love to share a box of tissues, coffee and an afternoon with you.
Paul also tells us in Galatians 6:2 to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
We need to help and to point each other to Jesus each day. We can’t live this life without a community of fellow believers helping and pointing us to Jesus.
The third thing that I want you to know is that Jesus saves, and He would love to wrap you in His arms. He tells us to “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you His rest in exchange for your weariness and heavy burdens.
So often we try and hold the world on our shoulders, but we aren’t strong enough. We never will be strong enough to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders, but Jesus would love to lift us up, as a shepherd carries a lamb, and take us to His rest.
He is sovereign through your deepest pain and weariness. He is your strong tower and everlasting Lord.
We don’t have to live this lie behind our mask.
We can be real with each other, in fact, we need to be real, because God made you–with your struggles– to shine like a light in the darkness of this insane world.
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” ~Isaiah 40:31
~ Rachel Joy