So if you read my last post, you know that no matter happens, God knows exactly what you are going through. He understands how you’re feeling. Even if it is something you don’t quite understand how to convey to someone else.
So let’s go back to that time that you didn’t quite understand how to convey the trauma and devastating feelings that you are experiencing. Let’s go back to that time (past or present) and remember how that felt and how we poured out our lives to God. One of many questions that come across some people’s minds is “what now?”
Depending on the situation and the reason for their anguish, your entire life could be changed. The person that your life revolves around is gone, the job is gone, your passion is gone, the dream that you pursued. It’s can all be gone for one reason or another.
So after pouring out to God in our anguish over losing something so valuable to us, we ask “what now God”. With all that loss, we ask God, what do I do now? What’s my purpose? What is your will for my life? There are a thousand questions that we ask at this point, but it can all be summed up in “what now?”
“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.”
Romans 8:28-30Hcsb Bible
Well according to the Bible and in particular this passage, it can and will turn out well for those that are followers of Jesus Christ. Now understand my words, I never said the situation changes or that our lives get better materially or even relationally. The situation may very well stay the same, you will still have lost that loved one, that passion that you once had, or even that dream that you worked your entire life for. But God is calling you for more, calling you for better.
Though we will still be processing what’s going on in our lives, God has and always will have a will and plan for our lives. It’s to be made more into the image of his son Jesus Christ. I know I know, that’s so cliche. But once you look at it and think about how that changes your life, it is tremendously radical of a statement.
To be more like Jesus Christ is to be more perfect in actions obviously, but also in the way we think. To be more like Jesus, not just on our social media, but also in our private lives in the corner of your room where no one can see or hear you. To be more like Jesus Christ in identity.
The reason why this is so amazing is that it changes everything about us. From enemies of God, to his very children, from loving sin to hating sin, from identifying with this world and the things and activities and people of this world to identifying more with who God is.
So we go back to “what do we do now that we have poured out our heart to God?” And we apply this principle. When you were feeling that anguish, what was it over? Was it over a lost connection with a family member or friend or was it over the connected line you have with God? Was it over the identity that you had in your job or hobby, or was it over your identity with Christ? Was it over a dream that isn’t realized, or was it over the realized reality that is to be our future in heaven?
I am not belittling or downsizing anyone’s grief and depression that one is experiencing but rather trying to help bring it into perspective. This is also not saying to not grieve your loss because those are definitely valid. I say this, because I struggle with depression(not clinically diagnosed) sometimes myself. I keep going but it is always there lingering in the background. Putting my experiences in perspective of eternity has always helped me cope with the reality of life sometimes.
With all of this being said, a lot of the problems that we experience comes from identifying with something or someone that will inevitably disappoint us. That be a job, a person, hobby, or even a dream or passion that we believe we have. It can and will eventually disappoint you.
So the answer to “what now?” is to change to be more like Christ. Read your Bible, pray more often and meditate on the word of God with fellow Christian friends and family. Once you do this, some of your passions may change, what you identify with may change, and what you consider important very well may change and that’s a good thing.
Now that you know the answer to the question of “what now?”, what are you going to do about it? Now that you know the answer, also know that if you are going through something at any point, leave a comment below and I’ll respond when I can. I’ll pray for you personally and if you need to talk, I will try my best to help. I hope you have a great day and continue growing in Christ. For those that don’t know Christ, I hope you accept him as your Lord and Savior.