So in the midst of these 31 days of reflection, I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the many people we lost this year. In this perspective, 2016 was ruthless. What's even sadder is that we are still losing people even within the last few days left in the year. It is times like this when it is crucial to cry out to God like never before.
Now when I say cry out to God, I mean cry out from then deepest depths of your soul. This can take place in many forms such as having one of those true blue ugly cries, going into extreme praise and worship, sitting in silence allowing God to capture what words can't express, you name it, just do it! We are not expected to put an infamous S on our chest and handle everything by ourselves.
Let's be honest, this journey called life gets extremely hard and sometimes seems unbearable. Having family and friends is necessary,
but having God to heal and restore is crucial!
I found myself doing a lot of those ugly cries throughout my entire life, but especially during this year. It is the most raw, unfiltered, uncontrollable, uncomfortable yet cathartic and freeing experience you can ever encounter. Truth be told, God wishes we would do that more often. He wishes our relationship with Him would reflect true worship in that capacity.
So often, we find ourselves just going along with the everyday routine. In this routine consists of suppressed emotions, states of numbness, managing our lives plus others while attempting to turn around our circumstances without the help of God.
Very sarcastic and utterly rhetorical question, but if we had our life so put together what would be the need of God in the first place?
I could've sworn God said in His word:
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
You see unlike man, God doesn't just say these things for that sake of saying them. He wants to be our healer, our deliverer, our first choice versus our last resort.
I encourage you to hash out your true and maybe repressed feelings with God. It's necessary in every way to do so. God already knows how you feel anyway but, He can't do anything about turning things around until you bring it to Him and express to Him your feelings.
Like any other relationship, God needs open communication. Whether it's everyday conversation through prayer or in extreme circumstances that causes us to cry out for help. Trust, He can handle it no matter how big or small you think it maybe.
Cry out to God with your worries, cares and inner most thoughts. Then be open to what He tells you from the conversation. Allow your Creator and Heavenly Father to spiritually comfort you in the most intimate way. I promise He is just waiting on you to do so…