When you can’t seem to press through…

It’s inevitable.  That day will come when you feel like you don’t have a thimbleful of strength left:  hollow, gutted, parched spiritually.  If only you could crawl under (not even into) the bed and never come out.

I was there late last week.  Worn out,  overwhelmed, under-appreciated, morose, weepy, and sleep-deprived.  Pass me a rock to crawl under.

My “issues” are zip-zilch-nada to compared to those of my friends dealing with life-threatening situations.  That sobers me up immediately.  

As an intercessor, I get the privilege and the responsibility of praying with and for others who are staring down various demons.  It is not pretty.  If not for God, we would all buckle under the load.

The ability to forge through the fog with which life can blanket us is a sign of spiritual maturity and a cemented relationship with God.  Second Corinthians 4: 8-9 becomes our mantra:

We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”

How do you press through those darker days, the debilitating depression, and the drudgery of:

  • Mental and emotional dysfunction;
  • Grieving the passing of a loved one;
  • An impasse in an important relationship;
  • Prolonged unemployment;
  • Chronic poor health;
  • A spiritual plateau;
  • Laziness that intercepts achieving your dreams;
  • Lack of motivation and creativity at work?
In the very middle of the Bible, Psalm 118:5, comes an incredibly encouraging word:

 “When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; He brought me into a spacious place.”

Guys, the hard times do come (too often, we lament!), and though the floods seem eager to overtake us, God continues to extend a hand of protection, provision, restoration, and healing.  

My e-mail signature for several years has been: “God is faithful always and in all ways.”  It’s true.  When I feel like I can’t move forward, He steps in and reminds me that He is a promise keeper.

In response, “I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” (Phil 3:12).

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