When Life is Heavy and Hard to Take

When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear.” Lamentations 3:28-30

Someone once said, “Life is a many splendored thing.” It sure is. It’s got up’s and down’s like a blindfolded rider on a roller coaster!  So when I stumbled across this passage, it was like, SHAZAM! Right before me, the formula for when the roller-coaster of life unexpectedly dips and lags.

1) Go off by yourself. Why not? Shoot, Jesus did. If HE needed to, we definitely need to. And don’t be afraid or resistant to do this DAILY during this season of heaviness.
2) Be quiet. For the love of God, sometimes, we just need to shut up! We are always “on,” “online,” and “on a roll.” In this heavy season, convo may be hard anyway. Embrace it.
3) Pray. Period. The bible couldn’t make this any more clearly: “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Pray for yourself like no one else will!
4) Don’t ask questions. It’s ok to ask “why,” shoot, even Jesus did (“why have you forsaken me?”) but it is NOT ok to stay there. In this season of heaviness, ask why, but don’t stay there.
5) Wait. Not the kind of wait like in a pediatric wait-room with two sick kids for four hours (not that I would know). But like a child on Christmas Eve, knowing when you wake up, there’s something under the tree. Wait like this bible verse says, “wait for HOPE to appear.” Wait with resolve. Wait with expectation. Wait like a BOSS.

If you have a King in your heart, you have a King who is alertly active in this heavy season. You may be lagging but He’s not. Embrace this formula and live it out! I hope this encourages someone today.

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