Desperation: I don’t know your story but maybe you are facing something that seems just too much, too overwhelming, too painful…..
I remember a very painful journey years ago, I was facing separation, I was feeling hounded by extreme condemnation, the word depression now seems a mild term for what I was feeling and I had to go and teach a classroom full of 6/7 year olds.
I was a Christian at the time. How do verses like “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds…” James1:2 and “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 apply when it hurts so badly?
I came through those times by crying out to God, sometimes simply calling to Jesus to help. I chose not to forget my God, my Savior. He was my help in times of trouble. I may not have felt better immediately, I had to hang on when I felt my worst. I often needed a few good friends to cry out to God for me and speak truth in my life when I couldn’t do it for myself. Still do at times.
By the way, did I also say that part of the time I was working as a missionary?
I believe that an important survival key is to surrender in all things to our Savior and let Him gradually change our desperation in life’s struggles and pains to a desperation for Him and on to a calm delight and contentment in all circumstances. This doesn’t happen over night but persistence in always turning to Christ in all circumstances, whatever feelings you might experience, is always worth it. When you really do feel as if you are sinking, take courage, try to find help, a good friend. Also, for me, sometimes the simplicity of going on something like a good hike, a change, can make all the difference, I often come back from the distraction with new perspective. Remember, cry out to God at all times, be willing to surrender, allowing His Words to speak into your life. He is using this time for your good, growing and changing you.