My heart sank, and I gulped hard when I dropped my husband off at the metro station. Jose left for a two week trip, and as I drove home I mentally went through all that could go wrong during his absence.
I remembered the infamous trip when the electrically-powered car window fell open by itself the minute I dropped him off at the airport. Two days after I had the window repaired, the toilet stopped up, and unbelievably we locked the bathroom door from the inside and couldn’t open it!
Do you know how dumb you feel calling a plumber to say, “The toilet is stopped up, and we can’t get the bathroom door open”?
My heart weighed heavy as I thought about two weeks without my best friend and helpmate. I remembered the watch word I’ve been repeating to myself since January: “I can do all things through Christ,” but at that moment I didn’t feel like I could do much more than go crawl under a rock and hide there until my husband returned.
I felt like I’d hit a wall.
Do you ever feel like that? Your wall may look different than mine. Maybe you are facing:
- A baby that won’t sleep through the night
- A chronically ill child
- A boss that has it in for you
- Conflict in your marriage
When you hit a wall, how do you move from wanting to hide under a rock to believing, “I can do all things through Christ”?
Call on Christ
I often forget that just saying the name “Jesus” can turn my situation around. It shifts my attention away from my wall towards God’s wonderful grace. Just say his name and ask Him to come. He’s the Giver of new strength and joy, and he’ll respond if you call out his name.
Ask Him to Pour on His Power
My own strength falls short, but God’s Word says that his power rests on my weakness. So I ask him to pour it on. I need his power to face a ranting teenager or a marital conflict. I need his strength to push past discouragement, so I say a simple prayer: “Fill me with your Spirit, Lord.” And He does.
Walk Forward by Faith
When you hit a wall, it’s tempting just to park yourself in front of it and give up. But even the most overwhelming obstacles can be overcome one step at a time. Not sure what to do? Do the next thing in front of you. Your next thing might be reading one more story to a cranky child. It might be making one more phone call. The next thing in front of you might be going to work one more day or choosing to see the best in your husband one more time. Just do the next thing, and before you know it, you’ll that realize God got you through it step by step.
These are three steps I’m taking every day to face kids, home school, and other responsibilities while my husband’s gone. Whatever wall you’re facing, don’t give up hope. You can do all things through Christ.