A Better Way with Pain

When life is constantly difficult and

... its pathways are constructed upon jagged stones, or

... its mountain climbs are daily and always slippery steep -

so it is then I pursue that paradox of extra strivings and self-discipline will fix things. Yet all the more comfort flees and the only change is to my level of exhaustion. 

Sadness still hovers becoming the glue of each day, and

... tears bind the pages of my diary, or

... hope has fled as last night's thief -

so it is then I question; what value are my strivings to do bad or good - for strivings do not heal?

My strivings are my entrapment, for they can't ensure relief.

My efforts are shown as worthless. My bucket of energy upended.

I can no more lift myself up inside than I can lift myself outside by tugging on my bootlaces.

In faith I now recall the heart of my creator, the one who still holds me and delights in me as the apple of His eye, despite my contrary feelings:

for a bruised reed He will not break and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out. (Isaiah 42:3)

There is better way with my pain when I cease to trust in me. My choice is now to soak my soul in Jesus' life giving truth, that apart from Him I am impotent.

I then learn to draw close to the Lord's courts:

to sit and listen to the Lord for His ways are better than mine, He keeps closer than any best friend, loves deeper than any parent, rejoices over me with singing, and He remains intent to lighten my load. (see also Zephaniah 3:17)

Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. (Psalm 65:4)

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