I received a text in the middle of the night from one of my young friends. She has been having some difficult challenges in her life, and she was feeling overwhelmed, lost, and alone, so I decided to move the conversation from text and give her a call.
As she spoke, I could hear the distress in her voice, and I thought she should not go through this situation alone. I am the closest one she has to a mother, so I was the most likely person to go. The day’s drive was not an issue because I had vacation time, but my heart sank because I really didn’t want to go. She was having multiple problems; the largest was with a rebellious, mentally ill teenager. This was an issue I did not have experience, and it was stressing me out just thinking about it.
As we spoke, my emotions started going haywire, because I knew things were serious. I talk to her regularly, so none of the issues were new, they were all just full of twists and turns that seemed to get deeper and deeper as time passed. She has been on the verge of a nervous breakdown more than once, so I knew she needed help.
As I laid in bed and listened to her, I started to pray for guidance and wisdom from the Lord. After we hung up I told the Lord that I didn’t want to go, but if he sent me I would go, and that I trusted him to tell me what to say, and what to do once I got there. That was a big step for me. I do not have experience with children, let along those with mental issues. I asked him also to help me to remain calm. When I’m too emotional, I don’t have clarity, and I don’t hear him. I needed to hear. So, I told him I needed him to confirm what he wanted me to do and that I would do whatever he said.
The next morning, I got up and called my friend. As soon as she started talking I felt the Holy Spirit in the middle of that conversation. I started having some clarity and peace as the Holy Spirits presence became stronger and stronger. I noticed that my friend was more relaxed as well and she said that overnight she felt the Lord give her direction. The weight was lifted off my shoulders as the Lord guided her and it was no longer necessary for me to go.
Praise God! I was relieved of this monumental burden.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28