Creating Balance, Embracing Peace

Life is dynamic. Each day brings a new opportunity - a means of building on a new initiative, a chance to reconcile, a moment to make a difference. The means though, can be gutting. There are times where a way out seems unfathomable. It's like being captured in a small room with black walls, and there's no glimpse of light. The darkness seems never-ending. The anxiety that comes with the unknown is pure torture. That's how this week felt. Like each day, the walls were closing in. There was so much doubt and exhaustion. There were so many curve balls that it all seemed hopeless. Sounds familiar?

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come - Proverbs 31:25

This week's challenge was finding balance. It felt like the whole world was on my shoulders and could not fathom how to even accomplish one feat. What good does it do it build a legacy if you destroy everything you've built on the way? I was so consumed with building and designing that I was blind to the impact it was having on those around me, and what was happening as a result. That, compounding the physical toll of long nights and even longer days, raised doubt in my mind.

I don't think I'm perfect, but I thought I was strong. I never professed to be the best or the most organized, or the most resilient, but I honestly thought that I was doing a pretty decent job given the circumstances. When I realized my actions were not being interpreted or coming across as intended, it hurt. Where's the strength and honour that comes with that virtue?

The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but He came that they might have life and have it more abundantly - John 10:10

Anything good does not come easy. There will be trials and tribulations. There will be highs and lows. The enemy will try. He'll put things in your path to discourage you. What's important is to seek the face of God and to draw on His strength, ask for discernment. Find your purpose and seek counsel on how to pursue that purpose.

The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out - Proverbs 20:5

I know it's challenging right now. You don't know how you're going to pay that bill. There's discord in your home. You feel stuck in your job and everyday sucks life from you. You feel pressure from all sides because according to society, you're behind. Why are you not married yet? I'm throwing situations out here but I know you can attest to at least one of them. 

Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. - Psalms 30:5 

I want to encourage you. Whatever storm you're going through, whatever tribulation you're facing, no matter how dark or difficult, you will make it through. You may question this season but know this; God is a faithful God. The circumstances He permits us to pass through are not to torment us, but for a purpose. Reflect on the story of Job. God multiplied times over for the resilience and the steadfast faith he maintained in God whilst withstanding the trials he was permitted to face. 

Casting all your cares upon him; for He careth for you - 1 Peter 5:7

Today, I pray the peace that passeth all understanding meets you as it met me this week. Sometimes we need circumstances to snap us back to reality, to remind us that we need to rely on God more and less on others, and ourselves.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added on to you - Matthew 6:33 

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