Feeling Trapped by Life!
As a mom, I have very easily found myself feeling trapped. I feel like I am on a merry go round that is spinning and I can’t get off. Life is not going well. In fact, it is down right NOT FAIR!
- Kids keep getting sick (with 10 kids a 24 hour bug can last a month!)
- Husband is working late hours
- I’m behind in housework so the house is a disaster
- I keep burning dinner
- My friends seem to have a life better than mine (seem is the key word here)
These are just a few of the things that seem to set me off. I get where little things that happen seem really big & almost impossible to deal with. There were days when just getting out of bed seemed to be a huge task. I felt that I was drowning in life, swimming up stream, rowing without a paddle…how ever you want to put it. I felt trapped & couldn’t seem to figure out how to get out of it. I didn’t like myself so I couldn’t imagine how my family felt about me.
Then I remember…go to His Word. It is alive and healing. I read…
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Then my conversation with God begins.
God, I know that you ask me to give thanks, but honestly I can’t think of anything to give thanks for. The washer broke today and I was already behind on laundry. I dropped the last jug of milk and spilled it all and we don’t get paid for 3 more days so now we are out of milk. The AC won’t work in the car, my kids won’t obey, the phone won’t quite ringing, the newsletter still isn’t ready to send out, my friends don’t even call me anymore. Tell me; what is there to be thankful for?
And in God’s gracious and gentle way He begins to remind me.
- Godly friends who pray rather than call me
- Church where I hear God’ Word taught
- His creation to enjoy
I get it God. It isn’t about me, it is about you.
I feel trapped by the bad in my life when my eyes are focused on me. When I am thinking so much about what in my life is happening that I don’t like I begin to feel trapped and this can easily become depression.
In Genesis 8 we find Noah and his family getting off the ark for the first time after more than 150 days. When they got off what did they do? Did they start cooking their first meal on land? No, Noah gave thanks. He thanked God for taking care of them. He knew how to put first things first.
Today, I see Christians who come out of difficult circumstances still asking God why it had to happen rather than thanking God for bringing them through.
When Noah gave thanks it was a “pleasing aroma” to God. It was then that He promised to never flood the earth again.
Our thankful heart and praise is a pleasing aroma to God. It is how we keep from feeling trapped by life. I’m sure that Noah & his family definitley felt trapped on that ark, but Noah was a righteous man by God’s standards, not man’s and inspite of his difficult circumstances he praised and worshipped his LORD, Yahweh.