Daily Delight

Monday, October 10, 2016

Each year it comes around- Suicide Prevention Month. Then a few months later, just shy of Christmas - the anniversary of the loss of my dear friend I lost to suicide. It was a loss that pierced the depths of my soul. Memories of a person I did life with- a person so full of life- wiped away suddenly. For many nights, Satan did cartwheels across my brain, making me wonder what I could’ve said, could’ve done. I would plead with God for understanding and play His words in my head, on repeat. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, (Proverbs 3:5). 

I flipped through the Bible, hourly, seeking solace - trying to understand it better by and by. I pondered the other people around the world who felt as I did. The Survivors, left behind, plagued with confusion at the permanent decision of their loved ones. Then I realized that we, as human beings, are all susceptible to that degree of hopelessness. The Bible doesn’t mislead us into thinking life will be void of suffering. We see suffering throughout the pages -nations destroyed, people persecuted, families and possessions lost. And the common theme is never an easy life, but rather a life where God provides a haven in the storm. 

When He created us, he knew we would lack understanding and couldn’t attain salvation on our own. He knew there would be hard days ahead- days we can’t find the strength to go on or the purpose in the pain. So He equipped us with hope through His words and promises. A promise that this confusing and volatile life will lead to an eternal one if we just hold on, just trust. When we hit rock bottom, we can’t get cozy there. We have to look up in faith and pray for the strength to climb-little by little- into the better days. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving in us an eternal glory that far outweights them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal, (2 Cor. 4:17-18). 

About the Author

Simone Diggs≫ ≫Simone is a product of the quaint town of Aiken, South Carolina. Her full-time job is working as an elementary school counselor in Raleigh, NC. When she is not serving children at work, you can find her writing in a local coffee shop, spreading encouragement, or creating pieces for her Etsy shop. Simone's daily goal is helping herself and those around her to find the beauty in every storm. You can keep up with her blog and small business ventures atthehopeanchoredsoul.weebly.com.


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