“…the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall…the earth melts…”
“…men hotly pursue me; all day long the press their attack. My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me in their pride…All day long they twist my words; they are always plotting to harm me. They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, eager to take my life…”
Ever have days where you feel like this? I do. Very often in fact. I was having a day like this yesterday. Darkness shrouded my mood, and I was beginning to shut myself off from others in order to “protect” myself and them. =/ Not the best thing to do when you are in a depression, but it’s what I do. Then a very good friend of mine came to me and showed some good ol’ fashioned friendly kindness and brought me out of it. Then later she sent me some Scripture…And in response to my thank you message, she said something that reminded me that, maybe, after all, it’s not so bad. Maybe there is more good in my life than I thought, and there is stuff to *gasp* be thankful for.
As I was thinking about all this, a line from a really good novel I’m reading came to me: focus on the solution, not the problem. Well…I haven’t been doing enough of that lately. I’ve been focusing on my failures, shortcomings, all the stress and BS I go through, and wishing it would all get better. When instead I should be focusing on the solution. The Solution.
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” (Philippians 3:7-9, NIV)
Jesus Christ is the solution to my problems…if I focus on Him, all the rest will either go away, get fixed, or seem so insignificant as to be nothing. In other words, it will all be considered a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing my Lord and Savior. Or, as Third Day puts it…
There’s a reason it’s one of my favorite songs, not only by them, but by anyone…Nothing compares, to the greatness of knowing You Lord, oh no…”
My prayer today is this: “Lord, please be the grace I need to cover my faults, and the strength I need to get rid of them. Help me just live for today, because I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. But I know that no matter if I rise or fall, I’ll never be alone, for nothing compares to the greatness of knowing You. For without Your love…I am nothing. But by Your love I am saved.”