Have you got problems? Troubles? Difficulties? Is there a thick, dark cloud hovering overhead , raining giant drops of despair and sadness? You raise your umbrella but still get drenched because the acidity has eaten right through the silk and you´re standing there holding only the aluminum skeleton. Are you just plain miserable? Is your smile pasted on your face, intended to mask the heavy ache that´s squeezing your heart? Are you tormented by circumstances that are robbing you of sleep?
My own advise would be to not count sheep, but to talk to the Shepherd. The Apostle Paul, in the book of Philippians, has an even better solution. Paul instructs us to "Rejoice". He actually says it twice, "Again I say, rejoice." Yes, rejoice. Be glad. Praise God.
You´re probably thinking, ´You must be kidding!"´ No, I´m not. Don´t stone me. This simple, precious truth; this jewel from scripture, is the ultimate remedy that will end your misery. Paul continues, "Don´t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and thank Him for His answer. If you do this, you will experience God´s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace that will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest."
We all have problems, troubles and difficulties at one time or another but our inner attitude does not have to reflect our outward circumstance. When Paul was exhorting the Philippians to rejoice, he did not have reason to rejoice. Not only was he in a Roman jail at the time, the emperor, Nero, was throwing Christians to the lions. He was impaling them on stakes and lighting them on fire and using them as human torches to light his banquets. The possibility existed that Paul could be executed, yet he urged, ´rejoice´. He knew that no matter what his immediate happenstance, Christ was in his heart and he was heaven-bound. He knew the secret ingredient. His destiny was set, for all eternity.
Paul knew from experience. About ten years earlier, he and Silas were in jail, and they were singing praises to God, in spite of their circumstances, and suddenly there was a great earthquake. The prison was shaken to its foundation and the doors flew open and the chains of every prisoner fell off. And Paul and Silas preached the gospel to the jailer and he and his whole household became believers in Christ.
You don´t need to live in a prison of despair. Start singing and worshipping God and watch the chains that have you shackled fall off. Your heart and soul and spirit will be set free. Allow His light to illuminate the darkness. The clouds will lift and the sky will become blue again. The sun will begin to shine. You can throw out that silly umbrella. Joy will begin to well up within your spirit and you will want to sing........ SING? Yes. I can attest from experience. It took me years to learn to stop worrying and fretting, which resolves absolutely nothing anyway, and to start singing praises to God instead. Scripture says, "God inhabits the praises of His people" -- not the complaints.
I also realized that God is in control and that He brings a resolution to each and every problem. He is working on your behalf. He has promised to work ALL things out for your good and for His glory. It might not happen instantly but it will happen and in the interim , your life will be rich and meaningful and you will instead be like a beacon, shining brightly so that the world can see the light of Christ in you.
There is a story about Solomon when he was just a little boy playing in a courtyard and saw the goldsmith pacing back and forth crying, "Woe is me, woe is me. The emperor will have my head". Little Solomon wanted to know why the man was so distressed. The goldsmith told him that the emperor had given him an impossible task to fulfill. He wanted the goldsmith to make him a ring, which when the emperor was happy and looked at it, would make him sad, and if he looked at it when he was sad, it would make him happy. "That´s easy!" said little Solomon, "write on it, ´THIS TOO SHALL PASS´."
Be encouraged, "this too shall pass" and until then, rejoice. Your circumstance is about to change!