Life be Life’n. This was a proclamation made from the pulpit of one of the churches I frequent via YouTube. The pastor said that this profound statement was made by one of his good friends and it really put the issues of today, as great as they are, into a small three-word package. For the super educated or maybe just the slang deficient, what this means is that as sure as you are reading this now, you can count on life to present you with issues. There will be financial struggle, life changes, career crossroads and so many more things that you don’t even realize are coming your way. I am currently praying over a situation myself because life be life’n. But we as Christians understand that God will be everything that we need. This is easy to say when things are going well but it’s in the times of deficit where our faith is truly tested.
My undergraduate degree is in a field of health sciences. With this being said, I have studied quite a bit of human anatomy and how things work in relation to each other. The organ that fascinates me the most is the brain. The brain controls the neurological system in the body, and it literally is why everything happens. It is why you breathe without thinking about it or you feel cold when a breeze blows by you and why you know when to eat or drink. It is truly amazing because it thinks without your actual being, doing anything. Understanding this though, the mind can wander when life’s situations begin to happen, and often, the mind tends to wander to the negative. We must be intentional to remind ourselves that God is in control of our lives both present and future and He even had us in the past. As I stated before, when things are going well, it is easy to say “God thank you for…” but when things become a little tougher, sometimes the words escape us as to how to communicate with God.
I’m reminded of one of my group mates in a class I was taking making the statement that “I’m lost, and I don’t even know, what I don’t know.” My classmate was so lost that she couldn’t articulate where she needed help. How often are we knocked down by a situation and we are so overwhelmed that we don’t even know what to say. It’s not easy to share with our friends or our spouse much less God. But he hears your heart, and he Is making a way for you.
Romans 8:26-28 says this:
“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants for us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit pray for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
I want to end with a small example. Like every other parent when their baby begins to sleep in their own room, we have a baby monitor in our room to hear when they wake up. Somehow recently, the sound was turned lower on the receiver that is in our room. The thing is, that didn’t affect me when my son woke up. His bedroom is on the other side of the house but when he woke up, I heard him. The sound in our room may have been lower but the sound coming from my child was the same. When we are low on words or feel like God is distant, we must remember God will even hear our faintest cries and he will come to our rescue. Take assurance in the fact that God will never leave you, nor forsake you and as his child, you have direct access to him even when you feel unheard.