We’ve heard the term leech used in many different ways. Typically we envision those slimy, wormy looking predators whose sucker pierces into the skin of their unsuspecting victims and begin to literally suck the lifeblood out of them. Another description we have heard about leeches are individuals who exploit, extort or sponge off of others for their personal gain.
When one’s heart meditates on quieting the distractions of a particular challenge they may be facing, their peace seems to be interrupted at the most inopportune time creating an intense amount of anxiousness that leaves them fearful and feeling exhausted. It seems like every ounce of energy is siphoned from their body, as worry begins to take over and exploit their spiritual peace. I know, because more often than I care to admit, at times I found myself in the same predicament.
Although we try to do the very best we can with what we have, once you know you’ve done all you could do, and you’ve given your very best, what more can you do? You beat yourself up over a myriad of scenarios that play out in your mind about this and that, and still, you find no relief or peace, at least not immediately. But fear, anxiousness, and worriation are nothing more than spiritual leeches. They suck your peace, joy, and energy as if you were sucking a drink through a straw.
Spiritual leeches have a remarkable ability to corrupt and drain your inner peace in no time at all. For me, my reliance is on my faith in God as I journey through the dark valleys of uncertainty. At times I have put much emphasis on depending entirely on myself and my overwhelm sends me into a tailspin to some low places. I feel inadequate and defeated. I search for immediate answers and solutions to my dilemmas, and as much as I feel I am worthy of a quick response from God, it doesn’t come until I surrender to the humility and quietude in my spirit, by allowing my faith to be strengthened.
In my state of weakness, confusion, and disappointments I find myself in situations that feel unfair and brutal. In my valley experiences, I learned to surrender to the lessons God is teaching me with patience, trust, and faith. I have learned that in my journey through the shadows of some very dark places, albeit difficult, this is where I grow, become stronger and puncture the life out of the dangerous suckers in those spiritual leeches (even those within my closest circles).
Ultimately, victory is mine! Once you’ve done the best you can with what you have, and you have given the best you’ve got, all you can do is rise and stand, or sometimes sit quietly for the peace and answers you seek. What’s for you is for you and what’s for me is for me. We may not get all that we think we deserve, but I truly believe God will give you what you need.