Lift Up Thine Head

Are you facing a circumstance that seems insurmountable?

Lift your head my friend. Trouble does not last always. I can personally attest to this.

Three years ago, I endured a painful divorce. My heart was shattered along with my self-esteem. I hung my head for weeks in shame and despair.  In the moment, it was easier to look down because to look forward meant seeing the raging storm in front of me.  It was tragic in every meaning of the word – a loss that felt like a death. I had no strength to fight, pray, or even cry. I asked God why repeatedly and he was seemingly silent. I felt alone with so many unanswered questions.

One random day, I fell to my knees and said an earnest prayer. Hands raised upwards and tears streaming down from my cheeks, I shouted “Please Lord take this pain away”. Before this, I was bitter and could not pray as my pain would not allow it. Gradually the pain subsided, and my spiritual vision became clear. The reason I was not free is because I did not want to let go. The longer I held onto a dead situation, I was rejecting the new life God had destined for me.

“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28

By releasing my pain, I was in position to receive –  peace, revelation, and healing. I could finally lift my head. It took turning away from my circumstance and turning towards the one who could sustain me. This was the hardest part of the process. Sometimes when pain invades our hearts, it easier to hurt, than seek deliverance. I had to acknowledge that I was not strong enough nor capable of fighting any battle on my own.

I also learned that there is purpose in pain. You may ask how is this so? As a result of my divorce, I became better than I was before. The mountain that seemed undefeatable was conquered. And on the other side, was life better than I imagined.

Before opening my soul to forgiveness, I was in a destitute place – unemployed, nearly homeless, financially unstable, emotionally broken and psychologically battered. My life was in ruins. But GOD! The very obstacle sent to destroy me, ultimately led me to healing and wholeness.

Today I walk with my head high. I came through the storm and you can too!

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