A couple of weeks ago, I not only didn't get to bed at my normal time due to circumstances beyond my control, but then I also had a really terrible dream that I woke up remembering. While I don't remember exactly what the dream was about now, I do remember being told that something scary was going to happen in a video I was about to watch in the dream, then watching this video waiting for it to happen...and then I woke up.
I never saw what was scary. I was prepared for it, but it never came to be.
That led me to this post.
I'm a worried. To my core. I worry about what is going to happen with situations on the current day, next week, next month, or even next year. I often expect that the absolute worst is always going to happen for a given situation, and prepare myself for that ending. I build up all of this anticipation and anxiety and worry, often for nothing to happen.
Is this you, too? Do you fear the worst so much that you don't let yourself focus on the possible good that could come of a situation?
I know it's hard.
It's difficult to stay positive when so many things have gone wrong so many times before.
It's difficult to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel when too often, you're faced with such darkness.
It's difficult to be aware of the beauty in your life when there are people and things and situations that are thrusting the ugly at you.
But I do like to think there's at least a little bit of good in every day. As much pain as we're faxed with, as much struggle comes our way, and as much as you feel you "lack", you are never alone.
Because it is in our lack that we find hope. It is in our pain that we find strength. And it is in our loss that we find joy in the One who brings us anything and everything that we could ever imagine. I don't want to disregard the joy set before me. I don't want to forget about the hope found in the cross. And I surely don't want to put to shame the life given by the One who gave His so that I may live.
I KNOW that life is hard.
I KNOW that pain is real.
And I KNOW that good things can be difficult to come by.
But press on, sweet soul. Keep moving. Keep fighting. And hold on to the things you know to be true.
Press on, because He is pressing on for you.