The other day, when I ran into someone I knew, they asked, “How are you doing?” And I responded, “okay.” Yet, that was far from the truth.
We are so used to being put together that we don’t share our struggles. We put our struggles and pain behind tight smiles. The fear and apprehension of vulnerability is crippling. So, how do we share that side of us? We must have a brave heart to know that it is okay not to be okay. Our struggles are not exclusive to us but shared with humanity. We do not have to be shamed or feel burdened. We are not alone.
Psalm 31:1-2 says, “In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me. Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.”
These powerful words are a reminder that we are not alone. Through the Lord, we can find refuge in people and in ourselves.
This message is excerpted from “How are you?” by Ralen Robinson in the May 2022 Cafe online magazine.
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