When despair sets in, human instinct is to curl up and sleep, to withdraw, to shut down, to retreat to isolation. The “knot in the gut” feeling is nearly paralyzing. The problem, of course, is that isolation causes the despair to compound and there always comes a breaking point. It becomes so heavy, so oppressive, that you can no longer bear it. Although it feels counterintuitive, the Bible gives us words for moments of despair: “Cast your cares upon Him for He will care for you.” “Bear one another’s burdens – rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” Pride, arrogance, self-sufficiency, and image all work hard to put up a strong image in the face of despair. But the path through it is quite contrary. Open up, share your hurt, declare the despair and let others – especially Jesus – feel the knot in the gut with you. You are no less of a person for it.
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May God be close,