I posted this yesterday on my personal Facebook page, but I feel led to post it here as well. I should have made it public, but at the time, I didn’t think of it.
No one walks this life alone.
It’s a great statement meant to encourage. And it’s true. We’re not alone.
And yet, there are times when we feel alone because we don’t want to burden others with our issues, feelings, insecurities.
It’s probably a lie from the devil that they’ll be bothered, but we believe it none the less.
At least when we are the ones dealing with stuff that no one can see on the outside because we’ve gotten so good at putting on a mask–perhaps for our whole lives–that no one knows the real person underneath.
Maybe we don’t even know the real us anymore.
God knows and cares.
But in the midst of the pain, we can’t see or feel him. It’s not that he’s walked away, because he hasn’t. He stands beside us or holds us in his arms, but we’re blinded by the pain, the hurt, the lies.
I’ve spent the last few minutes wondering if I should post this. But I think someone needs to know that life is a series of ups and downs. Life is not always sunshine and roses. Sometimes it’s showers and thorns.
Right now, today, I’m in the valley. Tomorrow will be better. Maybe this afternoon.
Even when life seems grand, our thoughts, fears, and emotions can get the better of us. We have to remember to take those thoughts captive, to let love cast away our fear, and tell ourselves that emotions are fickle and can’t be trusted.
I’m telling myself. And I’ll keep telling myself until the sunshine and roses return.
I’m feeling better today, but this is a reminder to myself to keep my eyes on the Lord when I’m feeling down.
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Beautiful post, Ginger! You are so right. We do get good at hiding because we don’t want to burden others. But God has placed us here to be encouragers and fellow-travelers. And together we can make it. Thank you for sharing your heart and these encouraging words. Blessings on your day, dear friend.
Thanks for stopping by, Gail. I’m glad you found encouragement.
Thank you for the reminder. I shared this with my Facebook friends, hoping that a few in particular will read.
Aww. Thanks, Nancy. I pray the people who do read it are encouraged.
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