Aren't you amazed sometimes about other people and what they are going through in their lives? The hurt, pain, suffering and "issues" that people have seem to be endless sometimes, don't they? And doesn't it seem like sometimes is all bad stuff happening to the same people?
David and I had the privilege of an unexpected date on Sunday evening (thanks to my mother in law!)and while we were out, we of course talked about our upcoming trip, but we also got to talking about some friends of ours and their personal situations as well as some other peoples work related situations.
We easily went from one person to the next saying things like "How about so and so? Can you believe they are dealing with that?" And "Boy, isn't that a hard place to be in life?" And,"that's gonna be a long road." It just went from thing to thing to thing, and situation to situation.
I've been thinking a lot about that since then, and I find it amazing at the amount of stress and pressure that people have in their lives, yet they continue on. Cause there are some situations that I'm aware of that, that if it were me in that same situation, I fear I might curl up and die!
Then, ironically today - before starting this post, I checked things out over at Crocuses In March - and my dear cousin has a post that goes along so nicely with this one. Take the time to check it out, since she's already written hers, I'm going to keep mine short! She shares many of the same ideas and even scriptures that I was going to share!
I will add this one thought... I have friends who are not believers going through really hard times. I don't know how they are doing it. I don't know at all what hope they have that gets them out of bed in the morning and carries them through the day. But I do know this - one of those friends is trying to find their way back to the Lord. This friend was raised in a Christian home and over the years has chosen a different path, but now I'm seeing Proverbs 22:6 and rejoicing in God's promises!
Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
Many of these situations have also brought me to my knees many times for these friends!
I'm thankful for my relationship with the Lord, and I know that it needs to be stronger, and sometimes when the daily-ness of life seems to gets to be too much for me, I remember first, there are others that have it a LOT worse than me. Second - my life is SO VERY WONDERFUL, and third - I know where to go when I cannot do it alone - to my Savior! And I'm so thankful for that!