If you have a chronic illness, disease or syndrome, you know what it’s like to be miserable and misunderstood. There are probably times when you are so depressed, you just want to disappear. There may be other times when you feel so good that you overdo and really pay for it the next day. Then the cycle begins again. You may look around you and wonder if anyone understands exactly what you’re going through.
So what can you do? One of my husband’s favorite sayings is, “If all else fails, read the directions.” And we do have an instruction book: The Holy Bible.
Consider what the Psalmist said when he was in distress:
Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. (Psalm 79:9, NIV)
Then there’s Jesus’ promise to us in Matthew 11: 28-20 (NIV):
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
And you can always remember what Paul recommended:
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14, NIV)
And finally, go back to the Psalmist for the best advice of all:
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (Psalm 27:14, NIV)
Are you at the end of your rope? Can I pray for you? Comment below or send me an email at angie at angelaearndt dot com. God has put each of us here for a reason:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
About Angie Arndt
Angie fell in love with biblical fiction in junior high. She lives in South Carolina with her hubby and three big dogs (well, two big dogs and poodle who thinks he is).