Dear Lord, thank you that my feelings are not always reality.
That when I feel most alone and abandoned, You are with me. You have promised to never forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).
That when everything seems purposeless and meaningless, You give me purpose. You knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13) and have prepared in advance good works for me to do (Ephesians 2:10).
That when I am overwhelmed by life and gray feelings, Your power is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). You are the God who gives strength to the weary (Isaiah 40:29).
So thank You, Lord, for these truths that You remind me of every day from Your Word, from the body of Christ, from nature and, most especially, from the Spirit that lives within me.
And also, Lord, I’m so grateful that You do not require me to FEEL a certain way in order to worship You, to love You and to serve You.
Instead, You ask for obedience. You ask for action.
What a relief!
Because trying to drum up certain types of emotion BEFORE I go to church or pray or read my Bible or talk about You to others or serve the community almost never works. And I just end up feeling like a complete failure when I do that.
But doing something, even though it is difficult without the “right” feelings, means I can stop being controlled by my emotions and choose to live each moment, regardless of how I feel.
So thank You, Lord, that my feelings are not always reality. I don’t need them to be.
I just need You. You are my reality.