We can feel better only to be sideswiped by a fresh bout of mental or emotional difficulty. Such a thing can occur because of extra stress, not enough sleep, or a virus. Sometimes it’s just the nature of the beast. Such a relapse can make us forget that we’ve just spent time feeling good. Don’t forget. Feeling good once indicates you will feel good again. “Pain is temporary,” said St. Teresa of Avila.
Remember too, the Lord is with you. “Because He himself was tested through what He suffered, He is able to help those who are being tested.” That is the final line of Hebrews 2:14-18, read at mass today all over the world.
During times of relapse when your strength can seem feeble keep your relationship with the Lord going. He can’t help you if you close the door. Then be sure to do all the things you must to get back to feeling better. Nurse the virus. Get some sleep. Eat something nutritious. Walk. If necessary, make an appointment with your doctor or therapist. We can’t expect God to swoop down and rescue us if we have common sense options.
St. Ignatius of Loyola said, “Pray as if God will take care of all; act is if it’s all up to you.” You’ll be feel better again. Hang in there.
Picture is my own. 2016, Christ the King Catholic Church, Richland, WA