For weeks now, an unwelcomed cloak of “what’s the point” has weighed on me. I’ve analyzed it, tried to study its origin and have given it free reign in my brain. But today, I’ve had a welcomed breakthrough.
Fraternizing with the Enemy
That was my first mistake – I entertained it.
At first glance I should have sent that gloom-and-doom oppressor packing. Instead, I got distracted by problem solving. I had a mental flow chart mapping out its step-by-step progression. And that was wrong of me.
I won’t go into all the details, but the wonder-web was intricate. “I wonder why such-and-such happened?” “I wonder why so-and-so said that?” “I wonder how I’ll ever get past that thingamajig?”
It’s this type of behavior that gets us in thick with the enemy of our soul, and the next thing you know we’re in a funk.
Can someone please turn the light on?
My second mistake? Fixing my eyeballs on temporary stuff.
It’s difficult to see in a tunnel, and my tunnel vision was creating an ocular challenge to say the least.
Had I switched my gaze for one second to God’s gift of eternity, I could have seen that the Father was ever so gently lifting my head. I could have seen the light shining truth on my circumstances.
I have this friend…
My third mistake? Island life.
Large volumes of thoughts and words overloaded my brain and were on their way to cutting me off from civilization. Like being on an island. That’s not good for us since we’re made for community – to share life with one another.
By sharing my feelings with a friend, I made my way back to the mainland of clarity one butterfly-stroke at a time.
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” (James 5:16 NLT).
Spilling my guts. Prayer. A hug. That’s just what I needed.
In a nutshell
Although our salvation is secure, we will still go through seasons of various emotional states. That’s called being human.
The key is to realize your condition and take godly steps back to the real you:
- Recognize the warning signs
- Revert to your salvation perspective
- Reveal your feelings to a friend
This was my lesson this week. It’s been uncomfortable and I’m sure my behavior has not been pretty. But my choice to leave the island and find a friend is a sure sign of God’s restoration work in me.
Is there something going on in your life that could use some recognizing, reverting and revealing?
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