On the Bottle
My courage is all God-given. Left to my own devices I’m a coward hiding in the corner until the storms pass. As I lean harder into Him then His strength infuses into me. The harder I lean, the more He gives grace to cope.
OR we can bottle out – lose our nerve and withdraw, put off the ordeal of confronting those issues and put off facing the problems for another day. Swallow them down somehow. That was how I dealt with problems for many years.
Only they refuse to go away, get stuck in our throat, and end up constricting our very breath.
The cup I drink from has a bitter taste at times. Who wants to swallow this?
Not if a cup of sorrow shared means a cup of joy to share too in the overcoming.
Our faith can be stretched taut as elastic and we feel it may snap and collapse.
Insecurity and fear can make us fall apart or shut down when problems come. Denial may help us to go on for a while. Pain and problems kept suppressed can be like a bottle of pop waiting to explode one day and leak messily all over our lives.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland” ~ Isaiah 43:18 -19
Take courage, friends, for God is as close as your next breath and He wants very much to help and heal you. Sometimes counselling helps too, or sharing with a wise and trusted friend or family member.
Whatever it takes, won’t you join me on the journey towards greater freedom and joy?
Linking here with Tanya as she currently hosts the Concrete Words series.