I was deeply honored to be interviewed recently on over a half dozen radio programs nationwide regarding the current state of violence and political unrest in the United States, from my perspective as a neuropsychologist and mental health provider. While the questions asked in each interview were varied, basically, each radio show host wanted to know how do we make sense of the violence in America, and what do we do about it?
Despite the tragic recent events in America, I maintain that we can still have hope.
we frequently give such sentiments of caution to our young adult children because, at our age, we have more wisdom and experience to know potential problems before they occur. We caution and encourage because we want the best for our children. As I considered a verbal exchange with our son, I sensed God sharing, “It’s the same with me.” “Excuse me?” I answered silently in prayer….
Have you ever been assaulted by a whiplash of circumstances and more than anything needed peace to flood your soul?
That’s where I was.
In my quiet time, as I prayed, I sensed God saying, “Choose to look at the problems you face as opportunities to see me at work. Choose to view them as opportunities to trust me more.”
Little did I know I was walking into a lion’s den full of opportunity that day.
“What made you finally come in?” my doctor asked with eyes of compassion before glancing down at my chart. “It had gone on long enough and I couldn’t take the pain anymore. I had tried everything I knew to do and it wasn’t enough,” I replied, wondering if I was going to get a brow beating for waiting so long before seeking medical attention. Even as I said it, I thought about how often I’m like that with God: trying to do things on my own before ultimately turning to Him for help when nothing I do makes the situation any better. There is a reason God warns us not to depend on our own understanding—He knows better than we do.
Are you wondering how will you navigate the trials in your life? Sometimes life’s situations are just tough. They wear you down, especially when one trial comes on the heels of another. Let me encourage you to hang in there! There is hope.