No, not the song/dance that took YouTube by storm…but life. The real Get Up Challenge. I am learning that ups and downs are both progress and are both important parts of life. Life is not composed of only ups. It is in the handling of our pain that we learn the most about ourselves and about our Creator. In the midst of my deepest pain is where I have found my dire need for God in His wholeness because without Him I am sitting alone in utter brokenness.
We found out last week my mother has a cancerous mass on her kidney. The doctors are confident and hopeful, but they still have to take her kidney and it still has been enough to scare the mess out of me.
I can get stuck in the depth of my emotions, swimming endlessly within days that seem never ending with a toddler who is boycotting naps for the second week in a row. Life is just trying right now. Life has been trying for the past two years and in all of these trials I have realized one big thing. Life only gets hard when I stop trying. When I choose to watch fifteen shows on Netflix instead of taking a walk around the neighborhood, when I choose to look at the situations that look bleak instead of looking at the hope that lies on the other side, and when I choose to eat three doughnuts instead of fueling my body with at least a vegetable or two…life feels more trying.
The fact of the matter is life is going to be hard.It is up to us to prepare ourselves for the inevitable. We must make time, and space, to prepare for what in ahead and sometimes that starts with taking basic care of ourselves. I know I talk about this issue a lot because for me it has been monumental. My life feels like a constant teaching moment and I feel I will always be learning a little bit more due to the ever changing nature of our world. I am learning to take life as it is thrown my way. I am setting boundaries, accepting my limitations, and arming myself with truth. It is easy to get knocked as easily as the waves crashing against the shore, but learning to stand up again, that is what matters most. We can always start again. Tomorrow is not always promised but we always have today. We have the opportunity to try, and fail, and try some more. We have the ability to start right where we are and we have the choice to take the first step.
Today I am choosing to do things differently. Today I am making the choice to look up instead of out. I will do what needs to be done for today and nothing else. I am surrendering my fear of the unknown, I am surrendering the relationships I grip so tightly, and I am making the choice to look at what God is doing right in this moment.
I hope you rest in the promises of God today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your future. I hope you know how loved you truly are and if you have forgotten I am here to remind you. You are loved, friend. You are seen and your worries are known. Stand firm on what you know is true and release the rest.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34 MSG