You know how it feels when it's been one of those days, weeks or months. Your brain feels like it's melting out of your eats. Your eyes won't open, and when they do your eyeballs feels like they're going to fall out of their sockets. You're tired, achy, grouchy and ready to throw in whatever towel you can find.
It's the stress of life. Everyone deals with it. In a discussion with my wife, we realized that troubles come in two different sizes.
Boulder Sized Troubles:
These are the kind of troubles that either make or break people. Cancer, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, unknown illnesses, etc. These are large problems. Hard to deal with, and hard to handle. I know many people who have or have had these problems and successfully navigate through. It's not easy, but they do it.
Pebble Sized Troubles:
These are the type that are not huge. They're small, sting when get hit by them but ultimately don't do any real harm. Kids don't sleep well, you don't sleep well, bass thumper cars parked outside your house at all hours of the night, you drop a dish .. you get the idea. Nothing life threatening. Individually they're easy to deal with. Together, the small stings leave you raw and heart broken.
Both kinds of troubles are .. well, troubling. Both kind can leave you feeling hopeless and helpless.
I'm not going to say I know how to deal with either types of troubles. I end a day feeling defeated and utterly hopeless. Then I have to step back and remember: This isn't my life. I'm suppose to be living for a Higher purpose. When I start gripping about my problems I'm really saying that I don't trust God. And I should. We all should! He says "I will never leave you nor forsake you ..." and I should believe that He'll keep that promise.
Knowing that doesn't make it easier to live life. But it gives me a little more hope.