I’ve heard it several times that the strongest of our instincts is survival. I guess that makes sense. It’s kind of fun to browse Amazon looking at all the “survival books” are listed. “How to survive a global disaster.” “How to survive a biological disaster,” “How to survive a camping trip,” “How to survive a bad marriage.” I mean there are hundreds of titles to choose from. When I was a kid, I learned how to survive being home without any snacks after school.
For many who have faced hard challenges in life, survival is the only word that comes to their mind when they describe their day to day life. They’re just trying to get through the activities that fill their life. If they’re really honest, there are days when they don’t think they can make it. They hear the “one-liners” like “fake it until you make it.” After a while, they just don’t want to hear it anymore. They’ve tried the self-help, self-encouragement, self-improvement books and those just don’t do it anymore. If you would put yourself in that category of “survivalist” I’m so sorry. Your pain must be excruciating.
I won’t add my “one-liner” to your list. You probably “know” that God loves you. He’s got you. He’s in control. I believe it and you probably do also…at least in your core. But may I do something else for you. May I pray for you? Email me. firstname.lastname@example.org. My wife and I will lift you up and your requests are always confidential.
Not giving a lot of “wisdom” today, but I would be honored to lean into your circumstances with my prayers. Sometimes it’s good to know that not only does our God have your back, but so does a friend. Just like Jonathan with King David in the Old Testament, I’d like to strengthen your hand. 1 Samuel 23:16 “And Jonathan, Saul’s son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God.”