by Mpho Taole
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.”2 Corinthians 4:8 (NLT)
A few days ago, I woke up at my usual time and went about my daily preparations to get to work. About 15 minutes or so into driving, I was stuck in traffic! Imagine my dismay. I was in between cars in the middle of the highway. I felt like I was being swallowed up by the big cars surrounding me — and all I wanted to do was sweep all the cars in front of me away so that I could get to my destination because I had to get to work on time (a girl wants to keep paying her bills). Although I seemed to be stuck in that traffic, I was indeed actually moving closer to my destination. When I looked back, I definitely was not at the first place I was when I encountered traffic. What made me feel like I was still stuck was the pace of movement and the fact that I was still surrounded by the same cars. After realising this, I decided to learn from the moment.
A lot of us (yes me too) have felt stuck because we haven’t reached the goals and milestones that we’d have wanted to have been at in this season — but we forget all the other things that come with this journey. What one plans out in their head is never what pans out in reality. And because of this, I would like to encourage us to trust God in the process. “What does trusting God look like when I’m being pressed from every side?” you might ask. Here are a few practical tips you can use:
- READ YOUR BIBLE! Find scriptures that oppose what you are feeling and start believing what they are saying
- Find someone to talk to. It’s always a good idea to have wise counsel in your circle especially when you need to be lifted up.
Remember that you have not come this far just to come this far. There is so much more for you ahead. Remember the last thing you went through and you thought you couldn’t possibly get through it? You got through it and you’ll get through this season too. Hold on and trust Him!
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