If you're in a rough patch and it feels like nothing is working, here’s the thing about hard times: they come and go, just like the tides. Hard times don’t last forever. Chaos shows up, and not too long after that if we're patient and we create a self-care plan and stick to it, calm will show up again. Bad news arrives, and then we take a deep breath and look back on all the bad news we've already lived through. Hard days come, and sometimes they turn to hard weeks and months, but they don't last forever. So keep holding on when life sucks. Eventually, the tide will recede, the waters will calm, and we will have gained new strength and new wisdom for the journey.
Chaos says, “What goes up, won't stay there long.” Calm shouts back into the shaky fearfulness, “But what goes down must come up.” When hard times come again, because they will, I have this tangible reminder that all of life is an ebb and flow. Nothing is constant, except for this: life goes on.
I grew up in a church that taught that the peace of God is beyond anything we can comprehend, but the longer I live, I think that version of peace is wildly misunderstood. The way I view peace today is a confident assurance that hard times happen to us all. I don't think peace exists to replace difficulties, but it is the calm person's response to it.
The world is groaning under the pressure of its own brokenness, but peace is an assurance that in the midst of hell breaking loose in our personal lives and around the world, we are the keepers of our inner-calm. We might be heartbroken, but peace is this calm assurance that Hope is real. Life will get better one day. One day, our waiting will be worth it.
In the dark Valley of the Overwhelmed, the shadows loom, the wind howls, the rains come, but we keep on walking. One step at a time. Crawl if you have to. Because just around the bend, if you remain patient and determined, you'll find the air is turning clear and crisp again. You don’t have to be overwhelmed any longer.