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The Struggle is Real

Written by Laura O.

'Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. ' ~ Hebrews 10:25

I typically get up on Sunday mornings and the first thing is to get the coffee going. I either drink out of my “Praise the Lord” mug or the “Pray a Latte” mug because, you know, it’s Sunday! But that can be the only constant of the day.

Some days the Spirit is alive in my soul and I can hardly contain the goodness of God in my life. I sit in church and I want to raise my hands, sing really loud, praise God and Amen the preacher – but what will people think? A little too much coffee? Showing off? We don’t do that here? The struggle is real.

Other days I feel the peace of God covering me and I just want to sit in service and soak it all in. I may or may not sing. I may just sit quietly and let the Spirit wash over me – but what will people think? She’s being a bit snobby today. What’s going on with her? I’ll have to “stalk” her on Facebook and see if I can figure it out. The struggle is real.

Some days I’m broken. The trials of life are weighing on me and all I can do is sit in the presence of God and cry and pray the Spirit bring me the peace I so desperately need – but what will people think? What has she gotten herself into this time? Did I hear a rumor about her … I’ll have to ask someone. The struggle is real.

Lord help me! I find myself thinking these things sometime and I don’t want to be that person. I want to be the person who immediately rejoices with those who are finding the joy of the Lord real in their life. I want to be the person who is happy for those letting the peace of God be real in their life. I want to be the one who weeps with the broken hearted. This struggle is real!

In the words of one tender-hearted young man to a dear friend: “It’s okay. You be whatever you need to be.” God sees us where we are and loves us anyway. That struggle is over!

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