What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

Life is a funny, yet not so funny, thing at times. I’ve recently had news that a friend was unexpectedly ill (they are doing well), and I also recently lost my job (and am looking for another in a positive manner). I have friends who have lost loved ones; I have friends who have sunk into depression; I have experienced abuse practically and spiritually (I have also experienced great healing!)

And the world… well it’s in a mess! We constantly hear about acts of terrorism and violence; we don’t really know if we can trust our world leaders; many people are afraid to travel for fear of what ‘might’ happen; Italy has recently had a huge unexpected earthquake; and so it goes on.

What’s wrong with the world?

What do we do when we don’t know what to do?

What do we do when our world and our lives are shaken to the core (no pun intended with the shaken)?

In my 42 short years I have experienced much pain and brokenness. I have been wounded psychologically, emotionally, spiritually. I know that most people have experienced wounds and brokenness in this life so I am not alone in this.

But in my 42 short years I have also experienced something that inspires and motivates hope deep within me DESPITE the harsh reality of what I experience and what I see in the world.

What do we do when we don’t know what to do?

We turn to God.

Now you might be thinking “no way, not ever! He allowed this to happen!!!”

So often we are able to blame God, yet not turn to Him. God is NOT to blame for what goes wrong in this world – people are: we abuse and hurt each other for our own ends. We abuse and hurt our world and it aches with the pain we inflict on it. We start wars in God’s name – he doesn’t.

In my 42 short years I have experienced much healing for my hurts. I have experienced emotional and mental healing as I have prayed for his strength to forgive others. I have experienced joy as I have taken the time to silently listen for his voice speaking His truths to me.

God is the one we can turn to with our worries, our fears, our anxieties, our wounds, our frustrations. He knows how we feel. He knows what we are thinking. He knows how to take our wounds and use them in ways that eventually bring real deep joy to our lives and our world. He is the one who sends relief to the poor, the widow, the orphaned, the broken, the marginalised, etc.

Jesus said come to me everyone of you who is tired and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. He really does do this for us because he loves us deeply. He gives us rest by sharing the load, or even by lifting it from our weary shoulders.

Remember that it was Jesus who was broken, battered and bruised on the cross. He knows pain.

Remember it was Jesus who was ridiculed, spat upon, humiliated. He knows isolation.

Remember it was Jesus who died an innocent death on the cross. He knows what death feels like.

He did this in order that we would KNOW him and HIS life in this life.

So when life feels crushing around you. When you are worried about the future. When you feel lost, alone, afraid, helpless, etc… you can turn to the one who has been there and experienced that – Jesus is our wounded healer who IS ABLE to help.

What do we do when we don’t know what to do?

We turn to Christ.

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