The struggle is real. Do you ever feel like you are fighting something or trying to navigate life with a constant, nagging “thing” that just won’t let you go? It may be fear or a habit or some dysfunction. It might be an illness or something in your environment. It could be anything; we all have our stuff! Even though we may have knowledge and awareness of this, that doesn’t make it go away. It just means we may be able to put in perspective. And every day is different. Yes, the struggle is real. It doesn’t mean something is wrong with us; it does mean we are human.
Paul wrote all the time about his struggles. I especially appreciate when he talks about his “thorn”. We don’t know what it was and it doesn’t matter. If you’ve ever had the struggle then you get it.
Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for poweris made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. – II Corinthians 12:8-10
Some of our struggles don’t go away but they do lose strength and power as we lean more heavily on Christ to bear that burden. It is a practice and a way of living that keeps us grounded. When we experience the Spirit of God working through our lives in spite of our struggles then we see the true power of God in our lives. Recovery groups have this practice down really well.
Our surrender and just letting God help us is a daily practice.
“Lord Christ, come quickly to help me. Your grace carries me. You are my strength and help. I place myself in your hands of mercy today.”
Truth I’m Standing On / Leanne Crawford
If you would like to explore a recovery group here is a link to find a group anywhere in the nation. Many of them are available on zoom now too.