A terrible wind storm came through the Tulsa area several weeks ago. The result was over 100,000 homes with out electricity, some for over a week. Other homes sustained more permanent damage.
This picture is an actual home of a family in our church. The winds not only blew off branches, it blew a tree down onto their house! Now our church has a "chain saw" gang that can work on downed branches and assist families who have yard debris. But this job was way beyond their capabilities. The weight of the tree (and the precarious nature of it's landing on the roof) made any attempt to try to work on it a dangerous situation. There are simply times when experts are needed....
This principle is true in many areas of life, but the area I'm most focused on this morning is the area of relational and behavioral problems. Consider a few of these...
Depression: Millions in our country struggle with depression. For some the depression "comes and goes" but for others it is chronic. For some the depression is manageable, but for others it is quite severe. Every one gets depressed from time to time and many have learned to cope with these "seasons" fairly well. But there are times when support groups and "self help" approaches simply are not enough; professional help is needed.
Addictions: Fortunately there are many 12-step and support groups for those who struggle with various addictions. Church based groups, such as Celebrate Recovery, have been a significant source of healing for many. But many people benefit from more than participation in a care group. While the group experience is no doubt valuable, individual or couples counseling brings an additional dimension to the recovery process.
Chronic Couples Conflict: Every couple has disagreements (fights) from time to time; but chronic conflict becomes a real drain. Unresolved misunderstandings can result in: damaged emotions, resentment, and bitterness. When these three "take up residence" in a marriage there is a good chance that the home is going to crumble. In many cases, advice from well intentioned friends will simply not solve the problem.
The list could go on and on but the point is the same: there are times when professional help is needed. Trying to remove a heavy tree from a house is a dangerous project. Trying to repair psychological disorders or dysfunctional family systems without the aid of professional counsel can be equally challenging. The good news is that there are many trained professionals who can bring healing and hope to your situation of despair. A wise person knows when expert help is needed. The hope you long for may in fact be just one phone call away:
918 - 914 - HOPE (4673)
Dr. Allen Schneider is a United Methodist pastor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist presently serving the Sapulpa and greater Tulsa communities.