Solace

I would like to talk about solace, not solitude… The best Spanish translation is “consuelo“; which refers to comfort, consolation and relief. Solitude refers to, “the state of living or being alone; seclusion”. One of the Lord’s observations in Genesis 2:18 (HCSB) is “…It is not good for man to be alone…” If you believe in Christ as Savior and Lord, you are never truly alone. He is always with you.

Psalm 61:1-3 (HCSB) states:

God, hear my cry;
pay attention to my prayer.
I call to You from the ends of the earth
when my heart is without strength.
Lead me to a rock that is high above me,
for You have been a refuge for me,
a strong tower in the face of the enemy.

When I incurred my brain injury; I felt alone at times – although I knew Christ was always there and I spent a lot of time in the Word with Him. It is an adjustment when transitioning to not driving anymore.

Psalms 17:1-3 states:

Lord, hear a just cause;
pay attention to my cry;
listen to my prayer—
from lips free of deceit.
Let my vindication come from You,
for You see what is right.
You have tested my heart;
You have examined me at night.
You have tried me and found nothing evil;
I have determined that my mouth will not sin

I also knew I was never really alone.

Psalm 35:1-3 (HCSB) states:

Oppose my opponents, Lord;
fight those who fight me.
Take Your shields—large and small—
and come to my aid.
Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers,
and assure me: “I am your deliverance
.”

It is impossible to understand why He permitted my TBI to happen, but I know for a fact that there was a reason for it. He always wants the best for us.

I noted one parallel in training horses. Consider the fact that a young horse often decides to start trying to scare the rider starting her when she realizes her future involves being ridden regularly (perhaps almost daily). While it was new and interesting at first, she’ll pull some tricks like rearing a slight bit or kicking out in the beginning just to see if she really has to work. If the rider is scared, she realizes her scheme is working and she’ll rear, kick out and buck harder to make her workday end faster if it isn’t nipped in the bud – by riding through it. This doesn’t mean a beating is needed, but circles and movement forward and sideways (which make bucking and rearing essentially impossible for her). When kicking and rearing doesn’t end her workday, she will stop because it doesn’t work. Just like needing to ride through difficult times like this – you will have a better horse after riding through the difficulties.

Romans 8:28 (HCSB) says: “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.

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