The New Normal

September 2015

What do you do when there seems to be no way forward and no way out? Your job, your marriage, or your life is stuck. We all face questions without answers and problems for which there seem to be no good solutions.

What do you do when there’s nothing you can do?

Sometimes you are forced to adjust to a new normal. You look at your current reality and realize nothing within your power can change it. You can’t redo those years, erase the diagnosis, or completely heal that relationship. It’s easy to get resentful, be overcome with regret, or compare yourself to other people.

When up against seemingly impossible situations, we’re tempted to cut and run or find unhealthy ways to ease the pain. We’re desperate for a solution, but our only options create more problems. We’re often left wondering, “Where is God?” If God won’t cooperate, could it be he simply doesn’t care or perhaps doesn’t even exist?

But the presence of adversity isn’t an argument for the absence of God.

On the contrary, during these times God sends us a lifeline. He promises that in our greatest weakness his power reaches its fullest potential. The pages of history are rife with people who faced struggles of enormous magnitude, yet continued to steadily plod forward without losing confidence in God. Their stories show evidence of God’s promise at work in the midst of their darkest moments.

So what do you do when there’s nothing you can do? Acknowledging your pain, owning it, even allowing it to define you is the first step to receiving the grace, power, and strength that you need. Embracing your inability is a prerequisite for experiencing his presence in your life—one day at a time.

It’s your move.