Don't you just love to swing? Even as an adult, I love to swing. There is something about the motion of going back and forth, the cool breeze in your hair and the carefree feeling you have while on a swing. If you are so blessed you might even have a swing in your back yard with the view similar to the one in this picture. We have enjoyed going to the park lately in this beautiful weather.
Our six year old is learning how to swing all by herself, the two year old is learning how to hold on and sit still while being pushed in the swing. Our teenagers are trying to out-do one another in "who can swing the highest" and our twelve year old prefers to view it all while hanging upside down from the fire pole. Mommy enjoys swinging slow and steady and loves to see Daddy give the kiddos "monster pushes"!
If only life could be that way. When you are on a swing, you are able to shut out any thing that might be bothering you. The experience is so lovely in itself that what is happening in your life seems less intense. Ok, so I am really making an analogy here that is going way too deep, even for me this morning! :)
What I'm trying to say is that bad things happen sometimes...to everyone. You may be having a hard time with what is going on in your life right now. You may not be feeling as carefree as you'd like to be. Your life may not feel as happy as when you are on a swing. (Finally, the connection is made!) Does God expect you to be "fake happy", to pretend that you are glad you are having a tough time right now? No, I don't think so.
King David went through a lot when his baby boy died. Queen Esther had a very emotional and stressful time before she decided to do the right thing. Imagine how Job must have felt losing all of his children, his crops, his animals, his land and finally his health. Elijah had to run for his life because the queen wanted him dead. Jesus suffered ultimate betrayal. The list goes on of bad things that happen to people all the time.
How did each person react in their distress? You don't have to be fake. Be real. Don't overdo it and whine to every person you see that you have it so bad. Be honest with the Lord and tell Him how you are feeling. Yes, He already knows, but He loves it when you go to Him and pour your heart out to Him.
Then, don't be afraid to let your emotions out. Find someone you can trust and share with them what you are going through. Make sure it is a Godly woman that will not "share" your burden with others, if you know what I mean. Ask her to pray with you about the situation and maybe give you some advise on how you should be reacting during this tough time. If you feel you have no one to turn to, repeat step one! LOL
(Can I use a bit of texting lingo here?)
You will make it through this tough time. You might even learn something from it, too. Just remember that "...this too shall pass..." My heart goes out to you. Hang in there!