My family is facing some very difficult trials right now. As a result, the words are no longing flowing. The well of ideas has run dry. I imagined myself spending the summer at my desk with my hair loosely tied behind me typing at a ferocious pace only stopping to occasionally take a sip of my coffee. Instead I find myself forcing words on the page, my hair is in tangles, and my coffee is no longer even warm. My book project is not running smoothly, I didn’t even post a blog entry yesterday, and quite frankly if given the option to escape to the moon I would probably take it.
My heart has been poured out. My emotions have left me spent. I must have some spiritual water to refresh my parched soul. I need to experience God’s presence surrounding me with His peace. I long to feel the weight of my burdens lifted off of my shoulders. I crave to hear His voice in the midst of my troubled thoughts.
Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”
Yes, Father remind me you are still God. Remind me No situation is hopeless while You are still on the throne. Let me seek refuge under Your wings.
Isaiah 40:28-29,”Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.”
What glorious gems of truth You have carefully tucked all throughout Your Word! You are not afflicted by the confines of my humanity. You do not faint or grow weary. Your understanding reaches beyond my ability to reason. You cannot be contained. You give power to the weak and when I no longer have any strength to go on You will increase my strength. My flame is flickering, but you will not allow it to be snuffed out.
Luke 22:41-44, “And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.’ Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
Oh Lord, what a comfort to know You can empathize with what I am feeling. That you are touched by my infirmities. You, too, understand what it is like to be overwhelmed. You have left me with Your Word to strengthen me in my time of need. You will not give me something to face without providing me with Your grace to get through it.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9, “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Yes, yes, yes!! This is just my weary soul needs. I may be surrounded by trials, but You promise they cannot crush me. I may not understand what You are doing, but I do not have to despair for my trust is founded in You. I am Your daughter and nothing the enemy throws my way can destroy me.
Father, You are my well in the desert. You are my shelter in the storm. You are the reason that I hope.