I went for a walk late last night to clear my mind. It’s funny how your eyes can play tricks on you in the presence of darkness. I looked over into a neighbor’s yard and thought I had seen a deer. I stepped a little closer, squinted, and realized it was actually a bush. The light colored flowers resembled the spots one might see on a deer. I laughed at myself while realizing this is how the enemy often operates. He uses the lack of light/truth to distort our vision.
Days ago I was speaking on the phone to a friend who is 31 years of age. He asked me, “Have you ever felt frustrated, stressed, and depressed all at the same time?” While I’ve experienced stress and frustration on many occasions, I can confidently say I’ve never been depressed. That is a very strong word to describe one’s feelings. I was alarmed at his question and knew something wasn’t right. He went on to say that he starts feeling this way every year around his birthday. He wonders where the time went and why he isn’t further along in life. Frustration can kick in when you don’t even know what to do with yourself.
When I was a young girl, I thought I’d be done with school and have a nice paying job by 25 and a husband (or at least headed down the aisle) by 30. I also thought there would surely be flying cars by now, but I digress. I told him like I’m telling you; society pressures us into believing x, y, and z should be completed by a certain time frame. If we don’t, then we’re failures. Don’t let limitations like this get you down because a person can become successful at any age. Harrison Ford was 35 when he caught his big break in the movie Star Wars. Harland Sanders was 65 when he launched Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Peter Roget invented the thesaurus at age 73.
It may be necessary to reassess how you define success. Before David died he gave his son, Solomon, some advice in chapter 2 of 1 Kings. His formula for prosperity was to follow God and obey Him. This same formula is plainly written in Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” It may seem difficult to listen to God because he won’t typically talk to us the way people do. We don’t hear an audible voice saying, “Turn left. Go here. Stop scratching that bug bite.” Instead, God’s voice is His word. When I read the Bible that is my opportunity to hear what He has to say.
Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way he should choose.