This thing called life is a real struggle sometimes, isn’t it?! We go through seasons in our lives when things are going along great and we’re on top of the mountain and we go through seasons where we can feel like we’re wandering through the desert. I’m thankful for those mountain moments but I’m also thankful for those moments in the desert because they bring me back to Him.
I don’t know if you’re like me or not but it’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the undertow of life…it can start to sweep you under. I believe there are times that our Heavenly Father allows us to feel overwhelmed. He wants us to need Him! He wants us to KNOW that we need Him. He wants us to ask for His help and rely completely on Him! I have this verse on my desktop right now:
Psalm 61:2 “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
This is such a good reminder for me and I hope it will be for you to on those days when you start to feel like you’re walking alone in the desert. He’s right there with you…but He’s waiting for you to ask for His help. He’s waiting for you to KNOW that you need Him. He’s waiting for you to literally raise your empty hands up to Him and say “Father, I can’t…but I know you can.” Jesus is not only our Savior…but also our Lord. He IS our Rock that is higher than we are. He is the one that we must cry out to when our hearts feel overwhelmed. He wants to help us…but He wants us to ask Him. He wants us to have enough faith to truly believe that He’s working it all out for us. He wants us to trust Him and completely surrender it all over to Him.
Oh Father, I can’t…but I KNOW You can. My breakthrough is coming…
I had a conversation with someone and it left me feeling uneasy. I was worried about it and the conversation kept replaying in my mind over and over on my drive home. My stomach felt like it was tied in knots and the rest of my body was physically feeling the effects of the stress. The thought came over me of “This person doesn’t have power to make me feel like this”. The very second that this thought coursed through my mind, the knot in my stomach dissolved and the feelings of stress released its grip on me. Just like that the feelings of worry and unease were completely gone. My next thoughts were that of “hey, that’s right…this person doesn’t have the power to make me feel like this”. It was like someone else was the one with the initial thought and I was merely agreeing with them! A flurry of other thoughts and thankfulness and emotion washed over me as I realized that the Holy Spirit had just talked through me to remind me that only He has this kind of power over me. Other people don’t have this kind of power unless I let them. It reminded me that when I know I’m right with the Lord, it doesn’t matter if I’m right with anyone of this world. Wow, what a powerful experience…to go from complete worry to complete peace!!
What’s even more neat about this is that this is right on the heels of my prayers earlier this week asking that the power of the Holy Spirit completely fill me. All praise to God that loves us and answers our prayers!!
Friends, we must live to serve our Heavenly Father…not people of this world! The only thing that matters is that we are right with Him…when we’re right with Him, everything else is right…