Where are you today? Are you battle weary? Or are you regaining your strength after having fought the good fight? Are you searching for meaning in your suffering? I want to encourage you to hang in there. Stick it out. Don’t give up. I’ve been in the trenches, fighting a battle I didn’t see coming and I didn’t want to entertain. To make matters worse, I’ve seen this enemy before. A different face maybe, but similar tactics and all-too-familiar lies. What I’ve learned is there is sometimes a lesson in the pain. Our battles are not always for us.
The holiday season is a difficult time for many to celebrate. If that is you, this post is for you today. I remember holidays when I found it painful to look at social media and see all the festive activities and view all the picture-perfect family photos, when in my heart I found it difficult to celebrate. I want to speak to you right now and let you know that I understand. But more importantly, I want to assure you that God sees you, God is with you, God feels your heartache and God uses our seasons of pain.
Sometimes life takes a fast, unexpected curve, tossing us back and forth with uncertainty. When life becomes uncertain or threatens to fall apart, you can give up or heed the call to trust God more.
There are times when life doesn’t make sense, when pain is great. The most difficult of circumstances, cancer diagnosis, miscarriage, even the death of a loved one, require the greatest trust. They require that we trust God even when we don’t understand.
I have not personally suffered through addiction to substances, nor had family members who have, but as a neuropsychologist, I have treated thousands who have. On a recent episode of Your Hope-Filled Perspective podcast, I chatted with Laura Padgett, who shared hope for adult children of alcoholic parents. We are never too broken to be restored.