So I get this question asked a lot, how to stay positive in midst of adversity? How to keep believing even when everything happens against us?
How to stay firm to our faith when the world goes topsy turvy?
First thing to do: Laugh. That’s my immediate response to life’s challenges, I just laugh. I mean that’s the best you can do given the circumstances, not to mention the benefits of laughing (smileys).
Second thing to do: Clear your head.
Yesterday, I struggled just like you and everyone else. I was internally frustrated on something, I felt lied to and misled in a conversation I had with a colleague a few days ago. I nursed that grudge deep into the heart (did not settle it), and yesterday, when the water went above my head, I could not control myself.
Out came the entire grudge right from my mouth, as I shouted on my fellow worker. He was shocked to say the least. I was too. I did not know I had it in me to react so blatantly on something. It is said in scriptures, that out of the abundance of heart, the mouth speaks.
It was my fault, I had let the cut go so deep that it was on verge of forming a wound. I should have immediately forgiven the person and trusted God to repay for whatever misleading they had done (knowing or uknowing).
But you know what, I was not in that situation. Why? Because in the past few weeks, I had filled myself on everything other than Word. The Word is life-giving. What does that mean?
It means, it pumps up life in any situation.
So my situation mentioned above, had commanded me to get dejected, hopeless, frustrated and angry. The Word of God offers, faith, hope, peace and love.
Everything we need to live. Imagine a world with no hope and love. It would look terrible right?
Every time we fall, we get up through a ray of hope, through a ray of inspiration. The Word of God makes it easier for us to do so, as it is led by example and meditating on it, helps us operate from the point of view of Holy Spirit, not of human.
So this morning, when I got up, I decided not to let my job get better of me.
I surrendered my office to God and asked Him what was I supposed to do.
He said, “Work with faith”. It meant, when I lend my services to the organisation, it is my responsibility to believe that he project I have been assigned will work (even if it looks impossible).
So this morning when I started my work, I started believing, we are moving in the right direction (irrespective of how the situation looks like, because we walk by faith and not by sight), and I felt a different surge of energy in me.
I again asked Him, what He wanted me to do: He said, “WRITE”. Operating merely on faith and trust, that He will take care of my results at work, I set aside some time to write and felt so good.
It is these small daily things, we give to God, which helps us build our trust and faith on Him.
So when am seeing the huge project infront of me, I am saying aloud to it “All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”
Again, when the doubt enters, that everyone is doing so well and I am still struggling, I am saying to myself, “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
How I see this scripture, is that He will take care of all my needs!
Last but not the least, my fave one is “Ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.”
A lot of time, we don’t ask, because we depend too much on our own abilities to solve a problem. I was doing that with that project for a couple of weeks, till we realise we will come crashing down without God. Then we humble ourselves, and go in presence of God, to ask Him to make this happen.
This tells a lot of the pride we are born with and the mentality of human race and how God keeps on working in us to humble us down.
I believe He works with me every day, every moment to humble me down, so I can be open to His grace and not just rely completely on myself to do anything.
If you want results:
If you struggle with the same things as I do, it would be good to surrender your project to Him and come in compete humility for Him to lead you.
1 Co 1:25: For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.