Updated: Aug 19, 2020
As most of you may know, earlier this year I suffered a stroke and rejection from my heart transplant. When this incident occurred I was so angry! Angry that I had just graduated and finally had time to focus on my nonprofit but now there would be a delay. Angry that I had a stroke, it was going to change my life and I did not like change. Angry that I went a full year without any incidents. Angry because I was tired of being a burden. Angry that God allowed this to happen to me..
This anger hardened my heart. It consumed me -- I was completely unable to think rationally. I took it out on the ones around me. But the ones around me did something life-changing ..
THEY LOVED ME!
No matter how tough this situation got; their love and support remained the same. It was through the unconditional love that I realized God still loves me. I may not understand what he is currently doing but God's love for me is never-ending! The unconditional love and support was all I needed.
I want to encourage someone that may be going through a tough situation and feels angry. I want you to know it is okay to be angry. Your feelings are valid. But always remember this "I'm convinced that nothing can separate us from God's love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any any other thing that is created." Romans 8:38-39 CEB. Can you believe that? NOTHING, not even hell can separate us from God's love! So that means even in this season of life God has not and will never stop loving you. Your situation is not a punishment from God. This approach allows you to look at things from a different perspective.
You will start to ask questions like: "What can this situation teach me?" How can this situation point me into a more positive direction?"
Most importantly, feel what you need to feel but do not stay in that place. Get back up with a different perspective! A positive one.