Have you ever had one of those days… when life seems so tough that you find yourself at the end of your rope? You say something very drastic because you can’t take another second. In that moment, you truly mean what you say. It’s been building – and when you finally say it, you’re even surprised at how severe it sounds.
Maybe you’re telling your spouse you’re done with the relationship. Possibly you’ve told your best friend you want to end your friendship.
You may have a temporary situation at work that is causing you stress and anxiety. Temporary situations like this have led thousands of people to quit their jobs. They go in search of a new job that sounds better than the old stressful one. However, as is the case with most things in life, they quickly find out that the new job isn’t all what it was cracked up to be. Now they regret leaving their first job.
There have been far too many instances in recent years where people have chosen a permanent decision based on a temporary situation. Instances that include; the millionaire businessman who committed suicide because his wife filed for divorce, the newlywed bride who recently pushed her husband off a cliff because she became angry with him, the numerous tweens and teens who have chosen to end their lives after enduring weeks, perhaps months of bullying.
It’s in these moments when we feel overwhelmed, out of control and somewhat insane that we say and do things that can create permanent wounds to ourselves, our families and in our relationships. The hurt can go deep. And the pain can be immense. If only we could take back our actions. If only we could rewind our life DVR to before we made the drastic decisions, we could avoid the situation all together.
Most of us, if we take a moment in the midst of our difficulty, will realize that nine times out of ten it is not the first time we’ve found ourselves, “at the end of our rope”, “not seeing any way out” or not even knowing what to do or where to go for help.
My words of encouragement to you, as one who has been there, is that it is during those times when you should “trace your grace”. It is at that exact moment when you should remember all of the times God has pulled you through. It is at that moment you have to believe that if He pulled you through before He can and will do it every time. You can’t have a testimony without a test.
Finally, if there is one thing I know, we are all going through something.
I’m reminded of a story about a young man who found himself at the end of his rope. Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer.
“Lord, I can’t go on,” he said.
“I have too heavy a cross to bear.”
The Lord replied,
“My son, if you can’t bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then open another door and pick any cross you wish.”
The man was filled with relief.
“Thank you, Lord,” he sighed, and did as he was told.
As he looked around the room he saw many different crosses; some so large the tops were not visible. Then he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall.
“I’d like that one, Lord,” he whispered.
And the Lord replied, “My son, that’s the cross you brought in.”
No matter how bad you may think you have it; there is always, always someone who is going through something far worse.
Trace your grace!