There are chapters in every novel . Metaphorically speaking, the life that we are given is one big novel. It begins with conception and ends with death. Some people have short novels, while others have very long novels. Within each novel, there are chapters in our lives. Some are filled with joy, peace, abundance , bliss, approval, acceptance and all that is good. However, there are also chapters that are filled with sadness, sorrow, disappointment, rejection, etc. In time, people change and situations change - often resulting in chapters that we refer to as “good” or “bad“.
Too often, we get stuck in what we view as a very painful, embarrassing, helpless chapter. That is exactly where the enemy wants us. He wants us to feel rejected, abandoned and hopeless. Why does he want this? I’m glad you asked. He wants us to feel this way because feeling this way
1) blinds our outlook,
2) stunts our spiritual growth , and
3) forces us to dwell on the problem (as opposed to looking for a possible solution).
The Bible promses us that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Cor. 2:9) Therefore, you and I can not fathom the solution that God has in store for us. Our minds are too finite.
What , then, do you do when you are stuck in a chapter?
1. Recognize that you are not alone . Jesus promises in Matthew 28, “…
I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. "
2. Realize that where you are now is temporary. Just because it is raining
in your life now does not mean that it will be raining tomorrow.
2 Cor. 4:18
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
3. TURN THE PAGE ! You will never experience the next chapter if you
never turn the page at the end of the last chapter.
… forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before