Our lives are filled with ups and downs. We, as believers, know that we should be grateful, yet we wrestle with the feeling of “blah.” We wrestle with the uncertainty of what is next and whether we are fulfilling our now. We sometimes don’t understand how to go from “Amen, So Be It” to “What just happened.”
If I’m honest, the year 2023 has been quite interesting. I’ve had many moments of joy and achievement, yet I’ve also experienced some letdowns. I, of course, am no different than the next. Yet, as a Follower of Christ, I often ask myself, “If you serve God, why do the lows feel more intense than the highs? I wonder if my shortcomings are being punished and God is teaching me a lesson. These questions (and others like them) are tricks of the enemy. They are designed to make you feel less than the best.
The truth is that God is always teaching us lessons, but He doesn’t punish us. Yes, our actions have consequences, but He is still present even in consequence. He still walks alongside us. One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is Deuteronomy 31:8. It says, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” What I love about this scripture is that God informs us that even in our unknowing, He knows.
God will never bring you to a place that doesn’t end in victory. He will never send you on a journey that He hasn’t been on before.
If you feel stuck, uncertain, or “blah,” in this season, it may be because God wants to hear from you. He may be asking you for more of your time and focus.
Think about what has been important to you in this season.
How much attention have you given to it?
How much research have you done to gain more knowledge about it?
How much do you talk about it?
How have you shown up for this desire or topic?
Now ask yourself those same questions about your relationship with God. If you went ouch or yikes, this blog is for you. God requires that his children place him first in our lives. He desires that there be nothing more important than our relationship with him. The time we devote to other areas should never exceed the time we reserve for him. So, if you feel distant even in the mix of a crowd or with a fully packed schedule, I say to you this: God wants to be close to you”. He wants to connect with you. He wants to be your fuel and a part of your day each day. Make room for Him as your priority.
How to Make Room
Seek Him (Pray)
Find Him (Read His Word)
Adore Him (Worship Him)
Know that you are not alone in this journey. You are not fighting against yourself or other humans. Ephesians 6:12 says, “ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Making room for God is the tool to win. You will be strengthened, wise, joy-filled, and freed in Him. In Him, you will find peace in chaos and clarity in confusion.