I’ve heard that multiple times this week.
A widow whose appliances and home construction is failing day by day and she has no idea how to get them fixed or replaced.
An empty nester mom trying to make it on a smaller income and several of her children lost their jobs during 2020 and came home until they could find a new job/apartment/life. They are trying to help out as they can, doing laundry, cooking, etc. but no one is handy and no one seems to understand her concern of escalating utility bills.
A young woman, who, due to job loss, (another 2020 casualty) had to declare bankruptcy and is having trouble getting an apartment application approved.
A woman with a mother beginning dementia and resistant to needed caregiving.
A senior whose assisted living complex has been placed under quarantine – again. Lonely and tired of watching television, she is losing her purpose.
I repeat to them what God has told me over and over. The multitude of times I felt like giving up. It is no sin to feel overwhelmed and wanting to quit. But it is an opportunity to trust. A dear friend calls such situations her patience builders.
Prov. 19:27 If you quit listening, dear child, and strike off on your own,
you’ll soon be out of your depth.
(Admit I’ve been trying to solve this by myself and I “feel” overwhelmed and want to quit)
1Pet. 4:12 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job.
(Listen to the voice of God’s Word first)
Psa. 145:14 GOD gives a hand to those down on their luck,
gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.
(Give thanks for many things God has already done for me)
Psa. 37:27 Turn your back on evil, work for the good and don’t quit.
(Make the choice as Jesus did in the garden – I’d rather not go through this but believing you can and will bring glory to it, I submit to your will)
Feel like quitting? Don’t. Instead, ask God for help and ask us, and others around you for prayer. Next make the decision to do the next right thing, and watch God work.
Then come back and tell us how it all worked out. I can hardly wait to hear the rest of the story!