Is it wrong to vent, to talk to a friend just to get things off your chest? How do you differentiate between venting and complaining? I have indeed had the week from hell, which is why I have not blogged much. I have simply not been able to find the words to express my feelings and my thoughts.
Yesterday, I found quite a few words and vented to a friend who so graciously listened and offered her advice. But then I thought, how negative do I sound? Yes, things are not at all rainbows in my life right now and I just needed someone to listen, to tell me that it was okay or would be okay, to tell me I was not a bad person, to just be there for me. But how negative was I really being?
As I read my devotional today, it spoke heavily about complaining. Was my impression of venting actually me complaining? Goodness, I hope not. I am incredibly blessed, but I have had a really bad year. And it has been tough to pull myself out of ruts, especially when I feel like no one understands, especially when I feel like I am alone in all of this. And I feel that often…alone. And this week I felt betrayed. And as much as I want to put on my normal happy face, it has become more and more difficult to do so. Daily, it becomes more and more difficult to not question the events that are taking place in my life. But it is not my place to question. As a Christian I am suppose to just trust. So how do I not vent? How do I not complain? How do I just be still?
Jeremiah 31:25 states “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”
That is my confirmation that God will always take care of me. My absolute favorite verse is John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” If that does not further confirm things for me, then I don’t know what will.
There are people starving in this world, people being murdered without reason, people with no homes, nations with no hope. What do I really have to vent about?
Happy Friday, and let us all try to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I encourage you and I pray for you, whatever your circumstance may be. And ask the same from you.
“Sometimes when things appear to be falling apart, they are really coming together.” -STW