Sadness

September 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

 

          Maybe it’s the weather or perhaps the time of year, but there are times when sadness creeps up into my heart out of nowhere.  It’s as though, out of the blue, a cloud covers my heart at a random time.  It doesn’t happen often, but today is one of those days.

          I can’t put my finger on a specific reason, either, which usually is a sign it’s a combination of different factors coming together.  Having too much time to think about the past can be part of why I’m feeling this way. It could be the sense there are areas of my life I would like to improve.  It may be the distance, both physically and emotionally, between some of my kids and I.  It may be physiological because I haven’t had enough to eat.  Or, maybe some things I’m reading in the news hit home for me too much.

          Sometimes, we just don’t know why sadness hits us when the obvious culprits aren’t in play like grieving, sickness, loss, failures, etc.  Those times when everything seems gloomy. We feel tired and too weak to even care.  Self-pity begins to creep into our minds and the joy is gone.  All that is left is emptiness.   If experience has taught me anything, it’s that these times are usually more than they seem. 

          Many times, when that heaviness came over me in the past, it was a process of going through other means to deal with it first; such as talking with friends, binging on my favorite junk food, or playing too much of my favorite video game to escape those emotions before turning to the One who can help.   Why is it, even though I know what the best route to take in order to get past these feelings is, I turn to other means first?   How can it be I don’t take into account that dealing with those negative emotions my way only leads to more negative emotions?  Probably because my human nature tends toward independence and my male ego wrestles with the thought of admitting that it needs help. 

          It boils down to what I’m focusing on.  Whether I allow that negative thought to be at the center of my heart, mind, and emotions, or if I lay that negative thought down at the altar of One greater than myself.  There are times when that sadness can spur an introspection of my life leading to good change.  The realization that I need change often comes from failures; a humbling event in my life. 

          The fact is that sadness is a symptom.  Like many things in life, we often treat the symptoms and not the problem.  That takes more work.  So, today, my task will be to find out what the issue is causing that symptom.   Then, to give that issue to Him because, the more I hold onto it or bury it with other things, the more it will bring sadness to me.

          Even though sadness tries to rear its head, I know there’s light at the end of that tunnel.  I know that light will overcome any situation, pain, or loss.  It will bring healing, life, and restoration.  It will create new life and new relationships.  It will guide me through the darkness to a place of peace and safety.  It will fill my heart with life. 

          If you’re dealing with sadness in your life today as well, be encouraged that you’re not alone.  You can overcome that heaviness and His light will break through those clouds of despair to bring hope back into your life. Whatever you may be going through, He cares.  He understands.  And, He is right there with you. 

I’m speaking this to myself today.  All is not lost.  Together, we can make it through the rain of sadness to the fields of life He has planned for us.  We’re loved today my friend and we have a God who accepts us just the way we are.  We have a God who gave everything, so we can be with Him and never, ever, be alone again.

 

Wishing you a blessed week ahead my friend,


Brad

 


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