Your therapist told you to feel your grief. To stop avoiding your frustration. To sit in your discomfort. To face your pain.
And you promised her that you would. So you did. You felt your grief, stopped avoiding your frustration, sat in your discomfort, and faced your pain. But you didn’t feel any better. Instead, you felt more upset and more hopeless than you did before. Why?
Because your therapist didn’t tell you what to do after you had faced your difficult emotions. But I’m going to tell you.
Face your sadness, but cling to your Comforter.
Face your loneliness, but recognize your Friend.
Face your depression, but see your Joy.
Face your rejection, but know your Healer.
Face your uncertainty, but cherish your Protector.
Face your confusion, but hold onto your Peace.
Face your aggravation, but believe your Vindicator.
Face your regret, but embrace your Forgiver.
I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; I will certainly remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate on all Your work, and on Your deeds with thanksgiving. Your way, God, is holy; what god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples. By Your power You have redeemed Your people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah. (Psalm 77:11-15 NASB)