We all get those times that we’re just in a funk, and you don’t know how to pick yourself back up. You know that going through the motions just isn’t cutting it, but you can’t shake it. I’ve just been off these past few weeks, and it needed to stop. We’re not meant to stay stuck in a rut; we’re meant to get out. So, what do you do when you’re stuck and aren’t able to find a way out?
Although Lilo doesn’t have it quite right in her idea above, she’s got the right idea. When you get to the end of your rope, and everything you have tried hasn’t worked, sometimes, you just need to sit and wait.
Have you ever heard a certain quote or a line from a song that just kind of stuck with you? I could probably name fifty or more, but last night, as I was getting ready for bed and listening to the International House of Prayer’s 24/7 worship, Christina Reynolds and her worship team dropped one right into my lap. If you listen here to 1:15:26 – 1:19:26, you’ll hear the specific part that hit me.
“Though you’ve been shaken, you’ve not been forsaken. Emmanuel, God with us, has come.” I rarely hear anyone refer to Jesus as “Emmanuel, God with us” unless it’s Christmas. Let’s get one thing clear, folks. The title of the God who is with us is not limited to a time of year. As Christians, we have a God who is always available to us. Someone who promises that our circumstances don’t determine His presence. Jesus doesn’t look at us and say “They are a mess. I’m out of here.” Jesus looks at each of us, in these desperate situations, and says “I know it’s messy now, but I am right here. I’m not going to desert you now. I have something better in store.”
When everything is crashing down around us, we don’t know what side is up, and we really don’t think there can be a positive resolution, Emmanuel is faithful.We were created for a purpose. We are treasured and cherished as God’s children. We are made to live in much better places than the pits of despair we find ourselves in.
It’s impossible to prevent those seasons of stress and being overwhelmed. The point isn’t to avoid it. The point is to not be controlled by it. Take the moment, learn from it, and then remember where you’re going.