Ah, yes the subtle ways the enemy uses to derail our lives. A situation or relationship is “SO hard” that we find ourselves either avoiding the person or ignoring how we really feel because it’s just SO hard. As time goes on, we give up trying.
We don’t realize it but all of a sudden (or so we think) the relationship becomes TOO hard. TOO hard to work at, TOO hard to forgive, TOO hard to accept and sometimes even TOO hard to pray about. We have for so long focused on how it was SO hard that we just don’t have the strength or willingness to try anymore. It’s just TOO hard. We give up. (not to be confused with surrender, unless surrender is where we land).
The bridge from “SO hard to TOO hard” can become a reality in every aspect of life.
What is something in your life that is really difficult and super challenging for you right now? Is it a job, a parent-child relationship, a marriage, finances, your health? You fill in the blank.
Is it SO hard or TOO hard? Are you at your wits end? Or are you persevering through the rough waters and finding the strength to go another day. Maybe even another minute?
I had that as a parent of a challenging child. It was just SO hard for so long. So many times I wanted to throw in the towel and give up. But by the Grace of God, I didn’t. I stayed true to my commitment to God to raise that child into adulthood, I got help from a counsellor, I communicated to my husband more clearly what I was feeling along the way and most of all I surrendered my responsibility and calling of motherhood to God. But I tell you, it was SO hard. For the readers I know, I can picture some of you nodding your heads in agreement.
I believe the LORD gave me the strength to go another day. He surrounded me with truth-tellers and Jesus-lovers while exposing the judgemental and critical voices in my life. I needed help to move forward and He provided it.
There were days where I felt that the situation was becoming TOO hard (and it was).
Sometimes it was my own sin that would create the bridge from SO hard to TOO hard.
God’s word would often remind me that “with Him all things were possible” (Matthew 19:26). Or on other days, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). It was clear, the enemy didn’t have a chance, but I assure you he tried everything he could. One time I even fell on the verse, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). Those were my “ugly cry” days. Don’t judge, you’ve had them too.
Ironically, now when young moms come to me about their struggles in parenting or their marriage, I chuckle inside at the journey I survived. Yes, that is how it felt sometimes. A matter of survival. Can you relate?
It was SO hard.
I survived because I had Jesus. I thrived because I chose to wear my armour during the battle for those relationships (Ephesians 6). I survived because I chose to receive love and encouragement from those who supported me whether they understood or not.
He didn’t allow the enemy to finish the bridge that was being built from my SO hard to the TOO hard. Jesus held my hand througout the journey, especially when the people who promised they would stay, let go.
The enemy wanted me to give up on my child, my marriage, my family. I said “NO!!”.
God wanted me to grow into an overcomer. To Him I said, “YES!!
What bridge do you need to overcome?
What is in your story?
Is it SO hard or TOO hard that you want to quit?
Don’t give up, it’s not too late. God loves you and wants the best for you. You matter to Him!!
If you are reading this blog, it might be His way of pursuing you, especially if you are hearing about Him for the first time.
Thank you for sharing in my journey. Blessings on yours.