The ice storm that caused such havoc in the southern United States moved through Ontario this week. Its remnants are with us still. There is a gradual melt beginning but needless to say it leaves behind damage to many trees in its wake.
I noticed this bough lying on the ground yesterday. It took as much ice as it could handle, but finally the weight was too much for it to bear and it broke away from the tree and crashed to the ground. Now it will die. Life for it is over.
When we are burdened by too much stress; too many responsibilities or decisions to make, we too can come crashing down, usually into a depression, even to burn-out. We can no longer cope with the additional weight coming our way. Finally, we give up. We crash. Sadly, a few will die as a result. The strain proves to be too much, and they have no other support around them. They give up.
When things get tough, the saying goes ‘the tough get going.’ Easier said than done.
The Bible gives us a good directive in Matthew 11:28 where Jesus tells us – ‘Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.‘ He promises us support even in our darkest moments, if we can only hang on to His words and trust Him.
When doubts and concerns overwhelm you, and you have no family or close friends to turn to, God is a very willing listener and will certainly sustain you if you will give your worries to Him and not let them smother and destroy you.
Hang on, when the going gets tough. Find help through a good local church or organization, and please don’t sever yourself from community.
Life is worth living if you will trust in the words in God’s life manual. The Bible. It is a fundamental blueprint on how to live, and how to overcome obstacles.
Try it and see for yourself. Don’t wait until you can’t handle life any longer. There is always hope.
Find the Bible Passage In any Bible, but if you are unfamiliar with the book, look into The Message where it is in everyday language. Easy to read. The title is Matthew and the chapter 11. Look down to paragraph 28 and you will find the above-mentioned passage.