The Moment You Realize You Can't . . .
by JohnBagwell
 Faith & Family
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There is no other feeling quite like the one of desperation.  When you get into a situation where the options are rapidly dwindling down to zero, and every delay closes off routes and opportunities to escape your situation.  You begin to rush to find any answer.  Desperation brings you to a point where any answer will do.  Whether or not it is the right one will have to be sorted out later.  When you are desperate, you need an answer "right now."  As more time passes, and the situation becomes increasingly more grim, the tension and stress can reach a deafening crescendo.  At the highest point of desperation, when no answers have appeared, and you begin to realize that escape is not possible, total panic can result.  Desperation can feel like a noose tightening around your neck.  Wild eyed, and with no other resource, you realize if someone does not help you out of this, then it is going to happen.

At that moment, when you are at the precipice of panic, when you realize you can't, that can be one of the most liberating moments of your life.  It all depends on how you view life and your situation.  For many people, they cross over into the zone of sheer terror and panic and go to some dark places in the mind where crazy and wild answers to temporary problems surface.  What they do not realize is that the answers found there will only create more problems even greater than the one they are facing now.  In solitude, they see no other way out but the answer that they have thought of on their own, and it is here when people think of drastic measures like suicide, robbing a bank, or in some way hurting themselves or others as a means of escape.

It does not have to be that way.  For Christians who believe and trust in God, we always have another answer.  As I said, it can be one of the most liberating moments of your life.  For when you are the most desperate, when you have finally struggled all you can, when you have totally exhausted every answer and realize you can't, that is when you discover whether or not you really trust in God.  Some Christians really do trust in God, and they never get to the point of desperation because they have always been truly trusting in God the whole time.  However, I suspect that there are quite a few others out there like myself.  You want to say you trust God all the time, but when things get desperate you struggle instead of trust, and panic when you could be resting in Him.

Always do your best, but also trust in God.  Understand that God gives the blessings in this life.  Sometimes we undergo trials and difficulties, but if we keep trusting in God, even these times do not have to be desperate ones.  In fact, the desperation you feel could be a warning sign that maybe you aren't trusting in God like you should.  What would happen if God took your house, everything you own, and even your children off this earth?  It happened to one man in the Bible named Job.  His response?  "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him . . ." - Job 13:15

The moment you realize you can't, just keep repeating those words over and over.  You can't, because you never could.  So why are you still fighting and struggling?  Relax.  Find the liberation from your problems that can be found by simply trusting in God.  An answer will come.  It may not be the one you wanted or were expecting, but when it comes it will be an answer.  Psalm 18:30 "As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him."  Psalm 37:5 "Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."  Nahum 1:7 "The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him."

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