Sometimes things seem really hard. I don't know what to do, or how to deal with what I'm going through. I become so bogged down in all of the little things that it becomes difficult to see the big picture. My little rain clouds are all I can see, and I can't seem to realize that all I have to do to banish them is look a little deeper. The sun is always right behind them, just waiting to break through.
You'd think I would be able to remember this, but every night seems the darkest, every battle the hardest, and every storm the most fierce. It seems like there could be no logical reason for me, or anyone, to have to go through these things. There is always the guilt when I am sad, and I've come to see that it is because of the assumption that Christians should always be happy, that if you become depressed or frightened, then you can't be a "good" Christian. This is completely untrue. God didn't tell us when we came to Him that nothing would ever go wrong, that we would never feel pain, or that we would always be happy. Instead, He told us "take up your cross". A cross isn't something that is light or easy to carry. It's heavy and it's bulky, and it can bring you to your knees.
One assurance that we do have is this: Jesus will always be there. No matter what, we're never alone. That's the amazing thing.
Through the darkest nights, He is always there.
In the hardest battles, He is right beside us.
During the fiercest storms, He holds us close.