There are certain days and especially times in a day when I may be overcome with something or other, this or that thought which in itself could take one under. They don’t seem to be any less intense or real as the years come and go. What I do notice more and more though is how they come and go.
These onslaughts can take on a multitude of identities and forms, big and little nagging ones. There may be one or just a few prevailing ones for each of us, perhaps in terms of fear, worry, or whatever it may be. Though some may prevail we probably are not immune to having most any one of them.
And how real they can be at the time. They feel like reality no less. And they may end up being something of reality, even if rarely so, but not by themselves, thankfully. Present too will be an overriding grace and peace from God in Jesus by the Spirit. And all the help we need to get through on every level. Even in the midst of all our weakness.
I am thankful for a good wife who not only faithfully prays for me when I run into such, but also frequently counsels me, sometimes with a firm needed rebuke given in love even if with some weariness. Once in a while I can take her in a bit into the darkness of my thoughts. But she’ll get out of that in short order back to her simple powerful trust in the Father.
Will I get over these onslaughts? Not as long as there is the world, the flesh and the devil. But we have God’s promise in Christ that he will see us through to the end. If we can be so bold as to apply the Apostle’s words to our own lives as God’s children: