It’s Suicide Prevention Month. We’ve all felt down at times, but some folks just can’t seem to crawl out of the pit they find themselves in. Suicide is a very real problem not only in the United States, but around the world. When people are contemplating suicide, they are really just wanting to stop the pain, whether it be emotional or physical. Keep in mind that suicide is a very permanent solution to what is probably a temporary problem.
I know that when you’re at the lowest point, the last thing you want to do is pray. The feeling of utter hopelessness has you in its grasp and praying just doesn’t seem to do much good. The truth is, that’s when it does the most good. The enemy of your soul wants you to stay in that pit, but the God of the universe wants to help you climb out – take His hand and trust in His ability to pull you out.
I’m old enough to remember old hymns, and one of my favorites is UNDER HIS WINGS. The truth in that hymn shoots straight to my heart. Whether I’m playing it on the piano or singing it in the congregation, it makes me cry. I want to abide under God’s wings forever.
We all have what I call gray days… days when we feel alone or unloved. I wonder how many times we feel that way instead of feeling like God has blessed us with an opportunity to be alone with Him so that we can feel Him loving us?
One of my favorite pastors once said, “There’s a big difference between feeling lonely and being alone.” I’ve not forgotten those words. I don’t remember Scripture references to back it up, and I don’t remember much of anything else regarding the sermon – but that one statement has stayed with me. God gives us what we need to get through gray days… even if it is one sentence from a sermon almost ten decades ago.
The point is, we can choose the attitude we will have about the circumstances we find ourselves in.Before we choose a permanent solution to a temporary situation, we really need to involve God. If we will just call on Him with honest words – even if they are angry words… there’s no use in trying to hide your true feelings because God made you. He knows your thoughts and your true feelings. Be truthful with Him and let Him answer your cry for help.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. – Psalm 91:4
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When Lucinda read this story, it inspired her to write a beautiful poem!
How much could we do to help others??? We may be surprised at what we could be doing to prevent tragedy in another person’s life. Today, ask God to reveal to you a way in which you can make a difference in someone’s life. You may be surprised at the answer you get!
I want to leave you with one more poem of encouragement. Remember that God is faithful. 🙂God is a light in the darkness.
If you are feeling depressed about life, find a friend and enjoy some tea together. If you are preparing tea, ask God to put someone on your heart and mind who may need to share tea with you. We’re here to take care of one another. We obviously take care of our own families, but it’s amazing what we could do for someone we don’t even know… yet. 🙂