I was recently given the news that my thyroid had finally given up. I have been struggling with this for a few years, years of ups and years of downs, but now we have gotten to the point of having to do something about it. I was at peace with it, almost grateful, as I have gone through years of no answers, of being confused, and having many tears that would flow because results were getting better and I was feeling worse. How often do we have the feeling during times of struggling, where we seem to have no answers, and irrationally we are upset and feel like we can’t talk about it because these feelings seem so unjustified? But I want you to know, it’s okay; feel confused, feel upset and talk about it. Don’t leave it all bottled up. We all go through struggles, we live in a sinful world and are subject to pain and hurt, so whether it is physical, mental or spiritual don’t hesitate to talk. Sometimes all we need along with God’s comfort is a listening ear and a warm embrace to help pick ourselves back up.
So many people struggle daily with anxiety, depression and pain, yet we often don’t even know that they are struggling. We need to stop the silence, we need to speak about our struggles; we are all here for each other, to support each other as the communion of saints. So confide in a friend, be open with your mother, even speak to us, for we are all here to support and encourage you with God’s word as we live in this life that is a constant and painful struggle.
Never forget that our greatest confidant is God, He will always listen, so even when you have no one to talk to, when you feel all alone, know that He is always ready and willing to listen and grant you comfort.
So let’s all join together, talk to each other, listen to each other and pray for each other so that we may lift each other up in Christ. Always listen with an open ear, an unprejudiced heart and a helpful hand, and never forget to remind those who are struggling that God is our only comfort and strength.