Lately, I have been feeling a little overwhelmed. The last few months have been pretty well filled up with travel, and a busier than usual schedule. There are also personal struggles and pressures in our family dynamic. Being that my husband and I love to live a simple, laid back life, we kind of got off of our comfortable routine. Everything feels different…our daily habits changed, we stopped eating as healthy as usual, our sleep isn’t as restful, and I have to confess, my prayer life has dwindled. I know the Lord is with me, and I talk to Him throughout the day. However, I haven’t been setting aside special time for meditation and personal “alone” time with Jesus.
One day in particular, I was feeling extremely stressed, overwhelmed and depressed. It was a feeling I have not felt in many years…like I was completely drained and limp. My heart was devoid of joy, and I knew that I was being attacked by Satan. I did not even have the strength to pray.
Enter in, one of my new sisters in Christ. Through the veil of hopelessness I was experiencing, there was one person who kept coming to mind. I have learned to trust the whispers of the Holy Spirit’s direction, so I reached out to her. Her name is Tina and she enveloped me with love and prayers that day. She listened with her heart and mind, and offered me friendship, affirmation, and encouragement. It was so comforting to have a fellow Christian to lean on for support; one that I could trust with my bruised spirit.
She was Jesus to me that day.
Her kindness and loving heart touched me, and through that love, my heart was filled with the Holy Spirit.
To me, that is the true essence of Christianity. We are to be Jesus to each other through all things. Not just when things “feel good” or when life is comfortable, warm and pretty. We are the body of Christ. It is through our hearts and our hands that the love of Jesus is infused to all.
We are to rejoice together, and also grieve together. We need to look for ways to support, edify and help each other.
We are called to give thanks to God in all things…even through the dark times; even when we don’t “feel” the love of God.
When we don’t “feel” the love of God…that is when we are hanging on by pure faith. We can rest assured that the Holy Spirit is working deep in our hearts and souls, especially when we are experiencing dry spells or dark times.
We must cling to our childlike faith, and trust in Jesus through all things. And sometimes, we are especially blessed, to see Jesus through the caring and loving heart of a brother or sister in Christ.
Thank you, Tina. May God continue to bless you and work His miracles of love through you!
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Thessalonians 5:18
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Philippians 2:1-2