When life is moving along smoothly and things are going well, it is easy to hold onto one’s faith and enjoy the good times. It is during the challenging times when it becomes difficult to hold onto your faith and beliefs and trust that things will work out for your good.
A spiritual restoration may be needed to facilitate the journey back to hope, joy and peace.
I’m not referring to the occasional illness, setback, disappointment, delay or frustration, but the deep devastation that pulls the rug out from under you or when you get that telephone call you have been dreading about a catastrophic situation. Terminal cancer. You’re fired. Your home is repossessed or destroyed by fire. A loved one unexpectedly passes away and leaves a hole in your heart. Your child is suffering, and you feel helpless.
Depression sets in and takes a seat at your table and won’t leave. During these times it is not about holding on, it’s more about “how do I get back up and restore my faith and trust?”
When we talk about restoration, we are usually talking about tangible items. I have a close friend who restores furniture, antiques, wood floors and just about anything in the home. To do so, she takes the item back to its original condition, starts all over again, and gives it a new coat, a new look. So, too, is the process of spiritual restoration.
To restore our faith and trust, it is necessary to spend time uncovering the discomfort so that we can move forward. Without uncovering the hurt, guilt, fear or anger, we only push those feelings down, only for them to emerge later in life.
Once we get rid of the negatives that fill our hearts, we must also get rid of the negatives that fill our mind. You know that critical voice that can find the worst in everything; the voice that can cite all the “why nots.” It is the shift from doubting to a stillness of the heart and mind that allows one to empty the negatives in order to be filled with love, hope, peace and expectant joy.
Our faith teaches us to have a clean heart and our steadfast spirit will be renewed. In the stillness you can resort to affirmations, meditation, yoga and prayer, and if needed, a therapist or counselor, to help maintain life’s reality and balance.
It is in the stillness that we can get back to knowing that “all things work together for our good” and everything is operating in our favor. Spiritual restoration takes us back to those beliefs and values that are the foundation of life and have gotten us to where we are today.
If you are facing an unconscionable situation, give yourself the time and space to restore your spirit. We can’t always anticipate a time or season, but the power of the spirit is so strong. You only need to take the time to be still and restore your spirit.
If you can be still, you can find peace in the storm. Choose to trust in a future filled with joy, love, peace, and happiness. The Godly spirit will be with us in the storm and guide us to peace. Grace is sufficient to bring you through the storm.
Gerry J. Tucker is the author of “Beside Chat, a book of meditations and inspiration and a freelance writer. She is also a career coach and speaker. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.