HOW TO SURVIVE PAINFUL SEASONS.

Pain blurs vision. Whether it’s your vision for life, marriage, family, or the pursuit of your purpose – no matter which part of your heart the pain is touching, stormy seasons have a way of causing us to view life through the lens of “this is never gonna get better” and “nothing’s ever going to change.” But it’s not true – life will get good again.

In Psalm 6 David wrote:

“My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.”

Psalm 6:7 NLT

It’s hard to see clearly when the lights are unexpectedly turned off and you have to walk through the darkness. Suddenly you’re forced to feel your way through it and that’s dangerous. Why? Becuase feelings can be deceiving. Just because our feelings are real doesn’t always mean they’re right. Pain has a way of blurring our vision.

“The worst thing you can do when you’re going through a painful season is to make a permanent decision in the middle of a temporary situation.”

When your vision is blurred your perspective is off, so before you give in to the temptation to quit on something big, something that could effect your destiny – do these three things:

1 – Remind yourself that your vision is blurred.

This is the time to process your pain, not make big descisions. Talk to a counselor and people you love and trust. Grieve if nessisary, but don’t let what feels like the worst of your life determine what you’re going to do with the rest of your life. This too shall pass.

Don’t let what feels like the worst of your life determine what you’re going to do with the rest of your life.

2 – When you can’t see clearly, surround yourself with people who can.

Surround yourself with people who’s vision hasn’t been blurred by pain and who you can trust to speak with a clearer perspective into your situation. That can be a family member, mentor, coach, or pastor. They’ll have a more accurate perception of how things really are.

3 – Lean into Jesus.

(1) Spend time in prayer. Your prayer doesn’t have to be fancy, just real. (2) Open your bible and read through His promises. They’re so life giving! The Psalms are a great place to start when you’re walking through a low place. I’ve listed a few here that are particularly encouraging: Psalm 16, Psalm 34, and Psalm 91.

Remember- the night seasons of life aren’t the times to make life altering decisions. Sorrow may last for the night, but joy WILL come in the morning!

Your morning is coming.

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  1. Thank you for revealing the truth about the nature of a season of grieving. It has taken me years to overcome the loss of my family members. The event felt like a tsunami had hit me out of no where, demolishing any recognizable areas of my life. Only when I relocated away from what reminded me of them, could I begin to see other new possibilities God was trying to show me. God has better plans to restore us than any EMS service could provide. But we have to leave the disaster area in order to start restoration. Please pray for me that Abba will bless me with godly counseling to help me restore a purposeful vision in my life.

    • Emily,

      We’ll be praying for you! Perhaps the most comforting thing about going through a painful season is knowing that Jesus is with us. He’s an ever present help in times of trouble. Blessings!

      Travis

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