Hope Against Sorrow

Freedom & Responsibility

Building Strength

Ever wonder how some people stay so cheerful? Many helpful resources encourage people to stay positive. Just look in the mirror. Are we exactly where we want to be? Is our self-image satisfying? Usually our own happiness is not about what others are doing or how they themselves are in ecstatic joy. Real struggles or unwanted burdens are personal and sometimes more than we can take.

When things get overwhelming our emotions often ensnare us into a bad mood. Sadly, that bad mood worsens when we cannot find solutions to our problems. Yet it is a great American attitude to traditionally be able to solve any issue if we just think hard enough. So, we turn to the Holy Bible. As we see in Genesis 6, God’s greater struggle and sorrow emcompasses that of the entire existence of humankind. At least we can take comfort in the fact that we are truly not alone. Someone else understands, in much greater depth, the troubles that we face in life.

“The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” Genesis 6:6

God’s solution to his regret was to use a man called Noah who “found favor in [His] eyes.” (Genesis 6:8) God did not just randomly wipe out the human race with the flood. He worked through an invisible intangible faith based relationship with Noah to save the human race. People had even gone so far to fornicate with the Nephilim and had completely perverted themselves. On a secular level, pure little Noah must have looked corrupt in his innocent life as he did not partake in the worldly culture to enjoy himself with abandon. Instead of relating with people, Noah related with only one God for his entire life to build a boat in the desert. How crazy he must have looked!

Yet Noah’s strength and spiritual joy was non-negotiable. He worked on improving himself a little bit more everyday as he built this gigantic arc in the desert that would one day house all the land creatures that God had created. If he had focused on the perception and disbelief of others toward himself he may not have succeeded in building that boat. His productive faith was his strength. Let’s remember, that Noah’s work was God’s solution to eradicate the complete corruption of the rest of the people on earth. Noah carried an inhuman burden with joy and strength because his faith and exercise toned his muscles (spiritually and physically) to bear the weight of his responsiblity.

Today, we can pull up blogs and articles on the internet that offer great advice to stay happy. In an article that lists seven ways to stay happy, four out of those seven points—that’s over half!—propose different ways to enjoy creation. (Mcdonnell) The great outdoors was created for the learning and enjoyment of God’s children, anyways! Point two of the article even recommends that reading be done outside so that we can relax and learn and at the same time soak in all the fresh air. Our wonderful True Father took it to the next level. He established prayer points on properties all over the world outdoors! Our lovely wonderful Heavenly Father wants to meet us in joy as we carefully shoulder the responsibility of our freedoms in God.

-Somiya

Citation

The Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV. Colorado: Biblica, Inc., 2011. Print

Mcdonnell, Maryn. “7 Ways To Combat Depression and Anxiety When They Hit You.” rtor.org. April 2, 2019 <https://www.rtor.org/2019/04/02/combat-depression-and-anxiety/> Accessed Nov. 19, 2019.