Saturday, June 19, 2010

Finding Deep Strength

We all have times in our lives when we truly believe we don't have the strength to carry on.

However, we do have that strength, and we can carry on.

We have all faced moments in our lives when the pressures of our various commitments and situations mount far beyond what we feel we can handle, and we find ourselves believing that we just no longer have the strength to carry on and continue.

Perhaps we overcame a major obstacle or illness, only to find another one waiting for us; as though that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is just another train wreck headed straight for us.

Catching our breath between these trials seem to only allow us to drown.

At times we suffer one loss after another, and we wonder if we will ever enjoy a respite from life's travails.

It never seems fair or right that life should push us harder and demand more of us when we believe we have given all we can.

This, however, is life.

When we look back upon our lives, we see that we have in fact survived many trials and tribulations and we have surmounted many obstacles; quite often to our own amazement.

In each instance, we broke through our concepts of how much we could handle and we delved deeper into our own reserves.

We have no concept of what our faith and stamina provides us.

At times, when we feel we do not have the strength to handle the situations that life has dealt us, it is as though we are against the hard type of surface of a frozen lake.

Our obstacle, or challenges as they are, appear as an impenetrable, hard, cold fact.

However, once we break through it, we find that a deep reservoir of energy and inspiration was trapped beneath that hard, cold surface.

Sometimes we break through this ice by cutting a hole into our resistance with our willpower.

Other times we melt away the ice with the warmth of compassion.

Either way, we endure and we walk away with a renewed realization of our values and strength in our confidence of the faith which keeps us alive; the Spirit that exists within us.

When we find ourselves breathless and against that frozen between us and our faith and the very oxygen it provides, and we think we cannot handle the situation we are presented with, we may just find it best to choose to love ourselves as well as the resistance we face.

We can simply accept that we are overwhelmed, exhausted, and tried, and we can allow ourselves to accept our internal loving kindness and compassion, giving our situation into the loving warmth our our Creator's care.

If we can channel the unconditional warmth of God's love, before we know it the ice will melt away and turn to a warm and refreshing spring.

With love & warm waters,