It seems to happen almost every time. Really great things happen followed by a crash.
We have all experienced it. We receive kudos from someone we work with for a job well done or our grown child sends a random “I love you, Mom!” Possibly we have what I call “God-sightings”- special things just for us like daisies growing right at our porch or an unexpected bonus check pays a bill you just weren’t sure how to cover. Little and big things add up to that mountain-top experience leaving us exhilerated!
Then we get up the next day- late because we set the alarm for pm instead of am; the washing machine overflows, the breakfast eggs burn; our checking account is overdrawn and the check that bounced is for your mortgage!
Does all this sound familiar?
These are all small irritations in our daily lives that seem huge as they add up. But what of those who really do have major problems?
A single parent notified their daughter was in a major car accident and died. She was to graduate the next day…
The young man who goes across the sea to fight for freedom and suffers massive injuries from a hidden bomb. This Wounded Warrior was coming home the next day to marry…
A child in the Holocaust who has just watched as her mother was beaten to death in a concentration camp and must act like nothing is wrong. The following week, only seven days later, they are liberated…
“And yet it may happen in these most desperate trials of our human existence that beyond any rational explanation, we may feel a nail-scarred Hand clutching ours. We are able, as Etty Hillesun, a Dutch Jewess who died in Auschwitz on November 30, 1943, wrote,
‘to safeguard that little piece of God in ourselves’ and not give way to despair.
We make it through the night and darkness gives way to the light of morning. The tragedy radically alters the direction of our lives, but in our vulnerability and defenselessness we experience the power of ‘Messiah’…” – Abba’s Child
Do any of you feel that desperation that comes after a highlight? I experience it. It always amazes me, catches me off guard sometimes, that I can feel so good over what God is doing and then suddenly find myself depressed. But there is an antidote.
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5
David got it and we need to as well. Our hope is in our Abba, our Heavenly Father, our Almighty God.
Feeling desperate? Make the decision to start thanking Elohim for the many ways He has blessed you. It will turn your heart towards Him and bring you Hope, the Only Hope that conquers the darkness.
Looking up to the Lifter of my Head,