Why do things feel hopeless?

Here I am, the day after breaking my toe. I was feeling pretty optimistic yesterday that things would continue moving forward albeit at a much slower pace, then reality kicked in. My toe really was broken… very swollen, black & blue, and extremely difficult to walk.

Unbelievably, I was in so much pain from such a tiny part of my body, then suddenly everything we were facing came rushing in and with no warning life felt hopeless. Seriously Lord its just a toe, why was this happening to me? I mean, just yesterday things seemed so positive… God & I were tracking along nicely, I was sensing His presence and felt His leading. Then I rushed headlong into a piece of coral and suddenly I was sidelined by a tiny toe…and now the whole world felt like it was falling apart.. this was definitely not part of the plan.

But it wasn’t just the toe that was making me feel helpless, I looked into what I could make of our future and suddenly everything seemed bleak. Sure, we were escaping our reality at the moment, but what was going to happen when we got home. Round and round inside my head the thoughts swirled, until I was so entangled in stress and fear, that hopelessness settled in.

In hardly anytime, the beauty around me disappeared as all I could see was the pit awaiting me at home. It was around this time that I sensed God giving me a proverbial kick in the butt… “open your Bible” I sensed Him saying. With some hesitation, (as if I didn’t want to leave my place of misery I was swimming in), I finally obeyed and opened His word in Psalm 143, Davids appeal for Guidance and Deliverance from his situations in life.

God in His faithfulness met me there, It shouldn’t surprise me, but He always shows up exactly when I need Him most. He showed me that it is when we are down that’s when the enemy likes to give us an extra hard kick. Verses. 3-4 said it so perfectly; For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He as made me dwell in darkness, Like those who have long been dead. Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is distressed.”

I realized that I had a choice to could make, I could stay wallowing in the pit I was creating or I could heed His word. “Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.” Psalm 143:11. I opened my eyes and once again I could see the beauty that was surrounding me… Thank you Jesus for new perspectives.

Journal Entry #6

Please hurry Lord, and answer my prayers. I feel hopeless. Don’t turn away and leave me here to die. Each morning let me learn more about your love because I trust you. I come to you in prayer, asking for your guidance. Psalm 143: 7-8

Lord Jesus,

Thank you! Thank you that even though I don’t see your answers, I trust in you and trust in your plans. I may be lost and confused right now, but in your time, according to your mercies I will one day see clearly. Thank you for the senses you have placed within me; to see you in the waves, to feel you in the winds, to smell your presence in the salty air.

But most importantly to feel your Spirit within me and around me. Teach me Lord to become even more aware of your Spirit, so that I listen easily and don’t stay stuck in the pits of my minds making. Teach me Lord, what your Spirit says so that I can speak into the lives of those you put into my sphere of influence.

Our world has fallen to a place of Biblical and Spiritual apathy. Forgive your children Lord that have listened to the “wisdom” of man rather than the Wisdom given to us in Your Word. Draw hearts back to you Lord, so that together as Your Church, we can stand firm together against the schemes of the enemy.

Thank you Jesus for the gift of this trip, thank you for providing a way for me to draw close to you. Help me Lord when I get home to continue this discipline of time. Help me not to return to putting self before you. I pray that your Spirit would call to me daily and that I will hear and come to You. your word says, that the sheep hear your voice and come to you when you call”, thank you Jesus.

Open my heart to what you would have me learn today Lord, teach me your ways and give guidance and wisdom to us for our future. Continue to give us rest, rejuvenation and healing to our souls as our vacation winds down. I pray that You would be glorified through us Jesus. Help us to Love others as you would, help us to not judge and give us eyes to see when others are in need.

In Jesus name❤️ Amen

My final thoughts and encouragement…

Do you, like me, feel like the enemy has kicked you in the gut? Do you feel like curling up in a ball and sinking into the pit that promises to take it all away… yet deep inside you know its a lie from the pit of hell?

Then let me encourage you that God is ALWAYS there for you, just one step away waiting and hoping that you will turn to Him for your strength. You see, He doesn’t actually want us to have it all together or we wouldn’t really need Him would we. He wants us to surrender ALL of the struggles we are facing, each and every day.

He has promised that He will provide for each day. Sometimes He only shines enough light on the path for that single step… walk in it and choose to Trust in His promises.

Blessings, Janet ❤️ Journey4Jesus


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  1. Very timely. 💛 Hopelessness is part of our isolation. We need to go to the Word. Every time I’ve been in a hopeless situation I’ve wallowed there. until I focused on the Psalms and the victory We need to be reminded. We are never alone

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    • Yes, its very easy to lose our focus and see only the giants in front of us, rather than the God above us❤️


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