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Clouds of Emotion


Credit: Howard Jefferson/Flickr/Creative Commons

Credit: Howard Jefferson/Flickr/Creative Commons

Is there a message in the madness when our emotions are out of control and things are not going the way you hoped?

Of course it’s about them, the other people, who don’t understand or ‘get it’. It becomes so frustrating as we repeatedly circle the situation with increasing intensity.

The light dims as we are encompassed by thickening clouds that become darker and more controlling. We start to lose our reason and perspective.

I must admit that I was being swallowed up by clouds of emotion that were surfacing in my life.

My elderly parents are resisting the inevitable changes that are coming for them. I have been trying to help them navigate this transition and they have been fighting it.

This has been emotionally draining as I watch them struggle in this season of life.  Anger, tears and overwhelming concern for them caught me up in whirling and intensifying emotions.  It was a brewing storm cloud in my life.

Often in these difficult times, we want to blame others and I was blaming my parents. But as I was pointing the finger, I realized there was a message in the madness for me.

There comes a time when we need to stop pointing the finger at others and take responsibility for our own emotions.

I have become weary of trying to make things happen the way I want them to. I am learning to lay it down and walk away for a while. Peace comes when we stop the pushing, forcing and driving. We need to step back and give God space to move in and reveal His thoughts.

The Holy Spirit can then draw near and open our eyes to what is best for us.

For that is what God’s love is all about. He has our highest good at the very center of His heart. He knows if we are to move forward or step back.

Laying it down, takes our hands off the wheel and returns the control to God who can provide direction or re-direction.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not  lean not unto your own understanding. In all our ways acknowledge him,  and He will make your paths straight.  (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

Many times there is a message, just for you, tucked in the emotional madness of your life.  It may mean a permanent ‘letting go’ or receiving a different perspective. Fresh insight, wisdom and direction waits for those who wait for God.

“Yet  those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount us with wings like eagles,  They will run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

 

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