As I looked out the plane window, I marveled at the beautiful day God created. There’s not a cloud in the sky … It’s going to be great flying weather. No bumps or turbulence to worry about. I can just sit back, relax and enjoy. One hour into the flight I was singing a different tune …
Sometimes when we experience unexpected turbulence it can be short lived, sort of like my flight that day from the West Coast. Other times, the situations are much more complicated and linger on for days, weeks or even months.
Here are some tips (other than what I shared in my devotion) that help me when I’m life gets rough and feels turbulent.
1. Get honest with God. Instead of holding back my feelings and stuffing my concerns, I honestly share them with God. I get it all out – the good, the bad, the ugly. I’m never disrespectful or irreverent, but I pour out my heart, just like David did in the Psalms. God already knows my every thought, so trying to hide them is not only a waste of time, but it’s very unproductive.
2. Pump up the volume. For years I’ve listened to contemporary worship music every day, but when I’m going through a tough season I become much more intentional about it. Instead of just listening, I sing along and really focus on the words. I’ll turn up the volume and sing like no one else is listening. Doing so is medicine for my soul and redirects my focus – off of my concerns and onto God who is my Problem Solver.
3. Reach out to others. God has often used a close friend or family member to speak truth into my life when I’m looking for answers. Having a friend to pray with about a particular situation can be extremely helpful. Many times God directs me to a wise friend who’s had prior struggles in the same area of hardship that I’m currently in. It’s a great reminder that I’m not the only one who struggles.
4. Dig Deeper. Getting into God’s Word is top priority. I’ll chose one word that best describes my situation and then look up as many verses as I can find that relates to that one word. Before long I have a long list of verses that I can read throughout the day to boost my faith and keep me grounded in God’s promises.
5. Give some gratitude: Instead of falling into the woe-is-me pit, I think about all the things I’m grateful for and thank God for each one. I list out all the things that didn’t happen, but could have. This will quickly put my problem into a healthy perspective as I realize how blessed I truly am. No matter how bad my situation, there is always someone who is in a more difficult situation that needs prayer.
Can you offer a suggestion or helpful tip that works when you’re going through a turbulent season?
I’d love for you to share it below in the comment section to encourage others who will be stopping by today. Your words could make all the difference in someone else’s life who may be struggling today.