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Like Swirling Leaves, We get Caught in the Downward Spiral of the World, the way out is Trusting in God.

By Vincent Johnson
11/22/2013 (3 years ago)
A Blest Life (www.ablestlife.com)

The only way to break free sometimes is to do nothing and accept what you can't change and let God change the rest.

Sometimes we get caught in the downward spiral of the world. There is a way out, but it takes some trust!

Like swirling leaves, we get caught up in our own frustrations.

Like swirling leaves, we get caught up in our own frustrations.

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By Vincent Johnson
A Blest Life (www.ablestlife.com)
11/22/2013 (3 years ago)

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Keywords: Struggle, Crosses, Sin, Anxiety, life, Jesus, God, Love, frustration


MOORESVILLE, N.C. -  I was waiting for my turn at confession contemplating and praying, when I glanced out the glass doors and noticed some fall leaves in the blustery wind swirling where they were trapped on three sides by the doors and the brick walls of the church. The leaves kept swirling and swirling around with each gust of wind, but really going nowhere.  This leaf dance seemed to just go on forever; the wind dying down for a minute, the leaves stopping only to start again once the gusty wind made its appearance again.  How appropriate for Saturday afternoon confession. 

My mind went immediately to how life goes for most of us at times when we get caught in a "corner" unable to break free from worry, depression or sin. It seems as though nothing we can do will make it stop. I'm not just talking about those that don't know Christ, I've prayed myself silly trying to break free from the swirl, but nothing worked. At least that's what I thought until I realized I was doing all the work, and instead of finding resolution I found increased frustration. I can't do this type of work, but God sure can. The only way to break free sometimes is to do nothing but accept what you can't change and let God change what he wills. He may take the cross away or leave it to fortify and strengthen you for the future.  The important thing is doing what you can to that point before handing it all over to God. We don't want to give up or give in too soon - we need to try to struggle with it with the gifts he's given us and the people he's placed in our lives.

Jesus, our Savior


The cross that Christ bore really shows us what we must do. Things are placed upon us that are heavy and difficult to carry; but that doesn't mean we throw it off. Christ's example is that with patience and love you continue to carry it. If it becomes too heavy, then rely upon God and get the help you need from your faith community until you come to your personal Calvary. If you fall, get back up and continue on your way. We all battle the desire to put off our crosses, but if they are ours then let's carry them. Remember, sometimes we put the cross upon ourselves from our decisions in life, so don't always blame God!  I firmly believe the adage "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger" and in this world I think we need some more strength!   

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