I was talking with one of my girls recently. As we processed through what was troubling her she came to a point where she said “I guess I’ll just have to get over it”.
I think far too often we try to get over our troubles when what we really need to do is to get through them. In fact I think when we pass things off as something we just need to get over we often short-change a beautiful lesson God wants us to learn THROUGH the process. Too often the phrase “get over it” really means avoiding the problem, ignoring the pain, and putting off finding the healthy solution. Yes, we may move on but we’ve stuffed our problem deep inside and wherever we go we’ll carry it with us.
Sometimes when I’m in stuck in the midst of my problems the only thing I really need to get over is myself.
Yes, as in “get over yourself, Beth”.
You see, when I can’t get over myself I tend to think about how I feel more than the truth surrounding the situation. When I can’t get over myself I place all the emphasis on how my problem affects me rather than looking for my part in the solution. In fact, when I can’t get over myself I might even be focusing on what others are thinking of me instead of what God’s word says TO me: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:2 NIV)
Did you catch the word….THROUGH….when you pass through…I will be with you.
Got any troubles you need to pass through?
The Message puts it like this: Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you”
So whatever it is that’s troubling you please don’t try to get over it, just get over yourself and head straight to God. Focus on Him, stop struggling, and surrender your troubles to Him. Check out His word – it’s His love letter to you!
Most of the time the only way out of a hard place is through it.
And He’ll be right there with you.