Have you ever felt forgotten about?

Ever felt like you are the smallest spec on this enormous planet?

Have you ever wondered why everyone gets invited to the party except you?

Being left off the list is no fun is it? Neither is being the last one chosen as the teams are being assembled. That hurts.

I’ve been there. Many,many times. And so have you.

I remember a time when I could see no more tomorrow’s. A time that for all intents and purposes should have spelled the end for me.

Battered and bruised by the effects of a life changing event that I never saw coming I was unprepared for the onslaught that soon enveloped me. Anxiety and depression gripped me with a choke hold from which I could find no escape.One minute I seemed to be in control,the next minute I was in full on panic mode.

Unable to find relief after battling this for months, I had all but convinced myself that death would be a welcome respite from this attack. And if I’m being completely honest here, I thought about it way too much.

I know that many of you have experienced similar things,and much,much worse. Feeling like there are no alternatives,no solutions or any way out is akin to hopelessness.

Having no hope is a horrific thing to comprehend,isn’t it?

Especially for a Christian.

Thats a very hard and difficult place to find yourself in. No where to turn. No one to talk to. No one to offer comfort.

The Christian response is typically to pray,or trust the Lord. Good,sound,fundamental advice. I’ve followed the same path myself when dealing with others who were struggling.

Except that when you find yourself in a place like this you have very little faith. Doubt takes over. It controls you. Your every thought is clouded by it.After all, if you had faith you wouldn’t be in this situation would you? Or so we’re told.

What I have just described to you is the Christian version of the Perfect Storm.When your faith is at an all time low,Satan will unleash all he has in order to destroy you. Every Christian is familiar with the verse that tells us Satan comes to kill,steal,and destroy. Once the devil has you in his crosshairs,this progressive assault begins. And he would like nothing more than for you to simply surrender to him.

For some of us,surrender can seem like the least objectionable option.

But do you know what,I learned something incredible through all of this!

Jesus knows your way out. Yes,the Eternal Son of God knows exactly how you are feeling in those most desperate,vulnerable situations,and He knows how to lead you through the flood waters.

Perhaps more importantly, He brings an assurance that you are not alone, no matter the impossibilities of your situation.

How,you may wonder?

Well, according to the Bible,you are not far from the mind of God.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”.    Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

Did you see that? Does that not astound you? God Almighty has you in His thoughts!

If God wants to give us a future and a hope then of course He is going to take us safely through every trial. Those voices we hear compelling us to give up are nothing but lies.

I went through a terrible ordeal that seemed as though it would never end.My emotions ran wild,my faith wavered,and I honestly did not know if I would endure it.

Yet God proved Himself faithful time after time. Through all of that I learned that nothing is too hard for God. He proved to me that I was on His mind,even when He wasn’t on mine.

He was planning all along to give me a future,even when I was convinced I had no future left. In the depths of my hopelessness He knew all along that the day would come when once again I would bask in the hope which is in Christ Jesus.

You are not alone. Your situation is nowhere near hopeless. You are on the mind of the Creator,and He wants to give you a future and a lifetime of hope and expectation for good.

Something to remember the next time you find yourself in a raging inferno.

Be blessed,