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What to Do When Connecting With God Feels Like Trying to Get Taylor Swift Tickets

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Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the world or overcome by despair, I also feel small. Insignificant. In those moments, it’s hard to believe I matter to God.

I felt like that this week. So many terrible things swarmed that seemed insurmountable. As I prayed, I cried. I wanted to share my heart. I wanted to believe in the tender communication between a loving Heavenly Father and His child. But as I tried to stop the flow of tears running down my face, I felt distant.

What was the point? I’m just one little tiny blip in a world of billions of people with problems just like mine. Everyone’s hurting. Everyone’s worried. So many other people are suffering through calamities. Why am I anything to God? How could my little prayer be heard?

A surprising thought came into my mind as I tried to understand how horrible I felt in that moment. Throughout that day, I’d been texting with a friend as we anxiously tried to purchase tickets to the Taylor Swift concert. If you know anything about the situation, you know it didn’t go well. Millions of people waited for hours in online queues in fruitless or egregiously expensive attempts to claim a seat. My friend and I didn’t end up ever making it out of the waiting room and were left disappointed.

I chuckled darkly as I prayed. I felt like I was in the same chaos, just an arbitrary number in a mass queue of people all scrambling to find some peace and purpose. I felt hopeless and exhausted. It was a humorous comparison in my mind, but it made me think of some deeper questions.

Have you ever had a moment like mine? What do we do, when it feels impossible to get anywhere near God, let alone commune with Him?

I don’t have all the answers, but I’ve learned some things as I’ve engaged in this wrestle.

Hold to the True Nature of God

Just as with Adam and Eve, the first thing Satan tries to do when we’re weakened is to distort our understanding of God. We become flooded with thoughts about how God is hard, indifferent, unfeeling, distant, or cruel. Without a firm grasp on who God is and how He works, we can easily slide farther away from Him than we intend.

When these thoughts form, repeat in your mind what you know to be true. You may want to memorize scriptures such as John 3:16 or Moses 1:39. In your Gospel Library app or in a journal that’s easily accessible, write down quotes from leaders about God’s love. Recall this material when the adversary tries to distort your vision.

Identify Your Emotions

It is important to process emotions in a healthy way. We shouldn’t belittle ourselves for having emotions or try to shove them away. However, we should strive to become emotionally intelligent and gain more control over how we react when these feelings arise. The Lord wants us to act and not be acted upon. Sister Patricia T. Holland taught, “We are expected to pray with maturity.”

One thing we can do is to identify and verbalize our emotions. In a distressful moment, try to find a word that describes how you feel. Say it out loud. “I am overwhelmed right now.” “I am experiencing a lot of stress.”

When we do so, we can frame our emotions and recognize them as an experience and not a state of being. We can be gentle with ourselves, knowing that these emotions will pass and we can experience something differently at a later time.

Keep Talking to God

No matter what, don’t stop communicating with God. Share how you feel, even if it’s that you don’t feel anything at all or don’t particularly feel like praying. Consider different ways to communicate with God. You may want to write in a journal, listen to some inspiring music, or go for a walk. Keep the lines of communication open and never cease striving.

What are some of the things you do when you feel far from God?

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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