keeping one’s head afloat

I know this is a strange title –I think by and large my posts have weak titles, so at least maybe this isn’t weak– but in the midst of so much brokenness in this life most everywhere we turn, we can end up being broken as well in the sense of not being able to get our bearings and get on with our calling in life. I can’t help but think of the words from Ecclesiastes:

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
    the more knowledge, the more grief.

What can be helpful in this is to realize that we don’t know it all, and that God alone does. That is part of what can help me in remembering the importance of the well known, but maybe little practiced words in Proverbs:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

We must carry on in the way of the Lord, regardless of anything else, or whatever else is going on around us. In doing so, we can be a blessing, instead of cast down in the malaise of defeat and despair. God’s salvation in Jesus reaches us at our low point, so that we in turn can point others to that same salvation, not only by our words, but even more so by our lives, as humble, committed followers of our Lord.

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