Help in Times of Trouble

By JoSeLLE - October 01, 2008

Depression has been a recent topic of conversation for a friend and I, specifically, the kind that most people often get when the colder months set in. It has been studied that the suicide rate goes up when we enter the -ber months. This has probably something to do with the cold. Having to endure cold and chilly nights all by your lonesome cannot be good for anyone, especially if you do not have the anticipation of a warm, year-ending Christmas party or New Year's celebration to look forward to. i also noticed this pattern on myself, although I never got to the point of wanting to kill myself becasue I felt sad. However, there were times when I felt exceptionally lonely and alone, even though I could easily surround myself with family and friends. In need for a little pick-me-up, I Googled 'inspirational stories' and stumbled upon a few really insightful pieces. Here's one that I found over at

God's Plan

Some things are beyond planning.

And life doesn't always turn out as planned.

You don't plan for a broken heart.

You don't plan for a failed business venture.

You don't plan for an adulterous husband

or a wife who wants you out of her life.

You don't plan for an autistic child.

You don't plan for spinsterhood.

You don't plan for a lump in your breast.

You plan to be young forever.

You plan to climb the corporate ladder.

You plan to be rich and powerful.

You plan to be acclaimed and successful.

You plan to conquer the universe.

You plan to fall in love - and be loved forever.

You don't plan to be sad.

You don't plan to be hurt.

You don't plan to be broke.

You don't plan to be betrayed.

You don't plan to be alone in this world.

You plan to be happy. You don't plan to be shattered.

Sometimes if you work hard enough, you can get what you want.

But MOST times, what you want and what you get are two different things.

We, mortals, plan. But so does God in the heavens.

Sometimes, it is difficult to understand God's plans especially when His plans are not in consonance with ours.

Often, when God sends us crisis, we turn to Him in anger. True, we cannot choose the cross that God wishes us to carry, but we can carry that cross with courage knowing that God will never abandon us nor send something we cannot cope with.

Sometimes, God breaks our spirit to save our soul.

Sometimes, He breaks our heart to make us whole.

Sometimes, God allows pain so we can be stronger.

Sometimes, God sends us failure so we can be humble.

Sometimes, God allows illness so we can take better care of ourselves. Sometimes, God takes everything away from us so we can learn the value of everything He gave us.

Make plans, but understand that we live by God's grace.

Although the message of the poem can easily be applied to almost any form of crisis or storm, not just some seasonal fluctuation of good and happy moods, the poem perked me up, perhaps because it reminded me that there is really nothing to be sad or depressed about. Life is wonderful, and all the more so when it is lived in Christ. And even if the waves hit us and we think we're about to drown in the sea of circumstance, needs, and wants and responsibilities, we can rest on God's promise that He will never give us a problem that we cannot carry, as long as we do it with His help.

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