It has been a while since I have posted anything on my blog. Mostly because I have been busy, but more likely because I feel like I do not have anything to say that has not been said better by someone else before me. Today, I have been thinking a lot about feeling alone and defeated. Some of my friends have been struggling. I see their posts. I hear their words. I talk to them about their challenges and fears. I hear their discouragement and hopelessness that things will be better or that they can overcome their adversity.
I have been there. And I bet you have too. I would venture that at some point you have experienced the feeling of being overwhelmed by life’s circumstances, crushed by the weight of burdens that are too numerous to even contemplate. You may be experiencing it even as you read this post. If people would be real and honest with one another, I think we would know how widespread this issue of feeling alone and overwhelmed really is.
I have been reading 1 and 2 Kings and came across a passage I have read before. But this time it had a new significance for me. This time it just reinforced that just because sometimes we think we are alone and cannot see hope, help is truly there. In 2 Kings Elisha, the prophet had enraged the King of Syria by advising the king of Israel of places to avoid so that he was not captured. When the King of Syria found out that Elisha was the culprit who was advising the King of Israel, he came with his huge army and chariots to capture Elisha. Elisha’s servant went out early in the morning only to see a huge army surrounding them. I love what happens next.
“When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’ He said, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.’ So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:15-17)
Sometimes we feel alone and defeated. We feel like even God has left us. But he has not. He is there, surrounding us with his love. Galatians 6:2 admonishes us to bear one another’s burdens. How can we do that if we do not share our burdens?
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