“If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no indifferent place.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

In his journey toward creative living, Rilke the talented writer and poet discovered a powerfully quiet place for constructing meaning through an introverted kind of self-motivation. He understood a rare truth that many seem to miss — the only human being capable of making life meaningful is the self.

In the above quote, Rilke seemed to assume every individual possessed the same emotional fitness as he did – as if it were just a matter of asking: ¨Who is responsible for your sense of well being?¨ This could only be true of individuals free from trauma. For the rest of us, life is rife with more complexities than we asked for. The intrusive thoughts and emptiness cannot be so readily dismissed by placing attention to the richness of poetic detail.  More is needed than raw determination or a keen sense of curiosity.

As I shared today in a letter to a friend, when our identity is attacked, we become unable to cope with stress and our sense of self disintegrates. Some people have had to face extremely challenging circumstances. They have had to confront an unfair reality often involving vicious multigenerational cycles of abuse.

I believe faith can be a powerful tool of healing when we are open to the work of God’s hand.  King David was known for his hardy temperament, his valor, leadership, wisdom and artistic talent, yet he entered an interval of time where darkness, gloom and defeat loomed large. He could barely be recognized.  His son Absalom had determined to overtake the throne and these plans seemed only a matter of course.  It was not in David’s power to overcome this plot and when God finally delivered him, David understood there are situations that rely upon faith only.

This, therefore is the word of the LORD:

 “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”

— Zecharia 4:6