“This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit” (Lamentations 1:16, NIV).
Have you ever experienced a storm that shattered your life in away that you had never experienced before? Things were so broken and chaotic that you could not find the pieces to mend or place back in order.
You were placed in survival mode only you didn’t have access to the necessities in order to survive.
No food. No water. No power.
Help was delayed. The world still lived their normal lives. And you constantly tormented yourself with the question:
“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look around and see. Is any suffering like my suffering that was inflicted on me” (v. 12).
Storms; natural disasters, human tragedies and spiritual warfare can cause us to feel abandoned and forgotten. One would expect to receive help after experiencing devastation. But it appears many are being discarded during their greatest time of need.
Do you feel castaway right now?
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, felt this cry for those that had been in this position. It is one thing for people to be dismantled, but to be deserted afterwards is a heavy burden. It can cause many emotional issues to surface.
It can shift the most stable person into a chronic period of depression.
It can cause the most faithful person to become overwhelmed by fear.
It can transition the most respected person to descend to disgrace.
So how can one survive the aftermath of this state of being?
- Focus Your Mind. It is understandably easy to allow yourself to become frantic in the midst of a crisis. And there will be a period of shock. But you must command chaos to be ordered first in your mind before it will be arranged in your circumstances. Peace must serenade your mind. Keeping your mind on your faith, on Jesus, will keep you in peace (ref. Isaiah 26:3).
- Focus on the Source. Yes, you will need help and resources after any storm. But do not forget who is the source that can grant you access to them. God is our provider. He is the one who works through people; therefore, He can touch the hearts of people even your enemies or those who refuse to assist you. (ref. Proverbs 3:4, Esther 5:8, Philippians 4:19)
- Focus on Hope. When your mind is at peace, you are able to think clearly and plan accordingly. When you are able to make a plan, you know what your needs are and can pray specifically about them. But you must always remain hopeful or you will become defeated. You can not afford to stay fixated on your temporary inconvenient circumstances no matter how permanent they seem. You have to know that there is a better future for you. Hope keeps you future-focused. And God has a future plan for you and it is not to keep you in your current state. (ref. Jeremiah 29:11)
Regardless of your current or recent storm, know that God has not forgotten about you. Do not remain discouraged or become bitter when family, friends or your neighbors refuse to help you or become unreliable. For God tells us that “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8, KJV).
Be encouraged. Be hopeful. God is restoring you!