Many of us want to run or hide from our life struggles. We often think that it is our situation that causes our emotional pain. If we can only get away from a problem, like our marriage, family, friends, or job, then everything would be better. Instead of accepting pain as a signal that something is off track in our lives, we run. Unfortunately, we often mistakenly flee from our purpose and responsibilities and increase our suffering. We believe the lie, “I should always feel happy.”
We see the opportunity of acceptance in the story of Jonah. He had to face the overwhelming pain in his life, not run or try to avoid it. When he did, Jonah received a great gift. God spoke through his pain, and into his life. Amazingly this is where the story ends. Was Jonah able to hear God’s voice and accept the truth spoken to him, or did he turn and run?
We have the same opportunity of acceptance in whatever struggle brings us to counseling. We can accept Jesus as Lord, and seek Him moment by moment. Often in our pain, we become closed off to this and need help to turn things around. At Christian Counseling Associates, we seek healing through opening our hearts to God’s call. This happens in the context of people who will love us enough to hold us accountable when we are off track in our minds or in our lives. We sometimes need help to humbly admit where we may have been running for a long time. Tired of the Jonah Syndrome in your life? Reach out today, we are eager to help.