Have you ever felt hopeless in a situation? I have. So many times. Just recently, I had a tough decision to make—cheese or pepperoni. Joking, of course. The real issue I was dealing with went much deeper than even the deepest slice of deep dish pizza on the market. It dealt with my heart, and that can be a sticky place.
I found myself at odds with someone extremely close to me. This person and I both said and did things we shouldn’t have. We hurt each others feelings. We unknowingly created distance. We drifted far apart. One day, the lightbulb moment happened, and I realized that I just couldn’t handle the wedge in the friendship any longer.
It’s kind of like when a nail pierces a tire. Sure, we may be able to keep driving for a while..but eventually, it will blow out completely. The tire isn’t meant to have a hole in it. Neither are our relationships. This is where I felt stuck. I knew the problem, but the solution seemed even farther away than my friend. And that was pretty darn far.
A dollar is just a dollar, but it feels like a million when your rent is past due and you’re still $100 short. A marriage lasts forever, until it doesn’t and your left staring at a ring in your jewelry box, almost as if it’s sitting there just to mock you. An F on a paper is just an F, unless that grade stands between you and that cap and gown. The list goes on and on.
This is when we have the tendency to become our own enemies. We turn against ourselves. We doubt our worth.
- “You’ll never amount to anything.” The fear in you heart shouts.
- “Just give up.” The doubt rings through your mind.
- “You’re too messed up. Too broken. Too far down in that pit. You’ll never be able to escape.”
These are the thoughts that plague our souls. The thoughts we try to take captive, but find a reverse effect and notice that we’re the ones held as prisoners—not them.
But then, there’s God. When you feel like there’s nothing left, remember that God IS. He’s there when your friends disappear. He’s there when you lose that job. He’s there when you get bullied. He’s there when your marriage begins to crumble. He’s there when you feel worthless and numb. He’s there.
He longs to guide you. To protect you. To comfort you. To direct you. To love you. To be a FATHER you. To be a FRIEND to you. To be EVERYTHING you lack on earth. He’s there.
“Where can I go to get away from your Spirit? Where can I run from you? If I rise with the sun in the east, and settle in the west beyond the sea, even there you would guide me. With your right hand you would hold me.” Psalm 139:7, 9-10
What has been keeping you captive? What do you want to let go of? Leave a comment below.