Rising like a Phoenix from the ashes of despair

I was reading about the phoenix, an ancient Greek mythological bird with the ability to be reborn out of the ashes of destruction. What I found fascinating was the simple notion that when all seemed destroyed, something good came out of it. It’s encouraging to know that where one thing ends, another new life begins.

When we look around our world today, we see lots of pain and despair. It could be the pain from dealing with illness due to the virus, despair from the uncertainty of tomorrow or the gloom of being stuck at home. In these moments, it’s only natural to feel all these emotions in the face of dire or fatal circumstances.

But it’s not the emotions we feel that matters, it’s how we handle them. While there are many ways to deal with our emotions, I will like to leave you with a few:

You can worry as much as you want but the reality is that all you have is today and now. You might as well just live in the moment and make the best of each second you have. If you are stuck at home, homeschooling or out of work, think about how to make the best of the situation at hand. No amount of worry can change anything, so instead put that brainpower into creatively coming up with new ways to enjoy your life. You may just spark up a new idea as you embrace your current situation. You could lighten up the day of an elderly couple with a phone call or start working on that personal project that you have put on hold for far too long. You could take up an exercise regime to get you back in shape or spend the time cooking up healthy meals at home. Whatever your current situation, live life to its fullest by making every minute count.

I have found that praying is one sure way to unload your heart of the burdens that way it down. Spend some time with God in prayer and just meditate on his promises from the bible. This is something you can do whether you are home or in a hospital bed. If you can’t pray out loud, just commune silently in your heart. God hears us however we pray. A good verse to remember at a time like this is Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Keep these words in your heart as you go about your day.
As you focus your energy on living in the moment and unburdening your heart by praying, fill your heart and mind with positive images of what your future will look like when it’s all over. Beyond every valley, there is a hilltop and a rainbow after every storm. Can you see your rainbow? Replace every iota of doubt and despair in your mind with positive images of how you will survive this period and how in the end it will all work out together for your good. What is six-month-to-a-year from now going to look like for you? Can you see a beautiful future on your horizon? Perhaps a new business idea? Stronger bond with your family and kids? You need to see it in your mind’s eye to move your life in that positive direction.

While we cannot be oblivious to the pain all around and within us, we must not allow it to weigh us down. Be strong. Live, pray, hope and trust in God. In the end, it will all work together for your good.

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