Being a Christian doesn’t exclude people from having hardship or difficulties in their lives. We wish our lives would progress smoothly, but alas, we all have our share of troubles. When a predicament arises we are surprised because bad things always happen to the other guy, not us.
We all face problems now and then. Many years ago, a television show called “Hee Haw” was on the air. Four men always sang, “Gloom, despair, and agony on me … if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.” I have to admit that lately a series of events tempted me to fall into that way of thinking.
While the details aren’t important, maybe sharing the emotions might help someone. One day after a certain incident, I was driving home and praying that the Lord would ease my burden. I told the Lord I had reached
my limit and couldn’t take anymore. As I turned down my street, the tears started to flow only to exceed when I got home and had to face yet another problem.
Now these events were far from life-threatening and involved material things instead of people. Like Mark told me, these things can be taken care of and there was no need to cry about them. However, it was like walking into a swarm of bees. I could handle one or two, but not a whole swarm all at once.
A recent visit to the doctor revealed more restrictions in my lifestyle. I was already discouraged that I can’t do the things I once did with no effort. My energy level isn’t what it once was so I can’t accomplish as much as I think is my responsibility. Still, I am thankful my health is as good as it is and allows me to still do things I enjoy.
There is no reason why any of us should live a life of gloom and despair because we never carry the weight of problems by ourselves. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Why do we have to go through trials and tribulations on this earth? In James 1:2-3 it says: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh
patience”. Sometimes we could stand to have a little less patience.
Another reason is found in 2 Corinthians 1:4: “That we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God”. How many times were you able to help someone going through a crisis because you went through the same thing?
When gloom overshadows you, look around. You will always find someone who needs help or a comforting word.
Debra Whittington is a longtime Tucumcari resident. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org