We all have troubles that come our way; they are a part of life in this fallen world. I tend to draw into myself when troubles arise. I focus on solving the problem; I worry over the problem, and I lose sleep thinking about the problem. If the problem is long term, I eventually fall into despair. Then I enter into that dark cavern of self-pity. Once again, I have succumbed to the trap of inward focus.
You’d think I’d know better, but alas I find myself caught again. In this state, I don’t pray for others, I’m not very kind, and I don’t have time for others. Inward focus makes me useless to those I love and not very pleasant to be around. When I finally come to the end of myself, I cry out to the Lord, “Save me!”
The lord, in his patient and kind way, reminds me that I need to trust my troubles to him. He redirects my focus to the needs of others, and I begin to look outward. To my amazement, life becomes brighter, and my troubles become less important. By putting my troubles in the hands of the only one who can do anything about them, the burden is lifted. I can actually become a nice guy.
Will I fall into this trap again? I hope not. The “pit of despair” is not a nice place.
Why are you down cast O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
I found out that Praising God is the first step out of the trap.