Even Then

There are times when life can be overwhelming.  You know those days when so much has been on your mind, maybe not even worrying about things, but just everything piles on and there seems no end of it.  Or maybe you do worry, because it’s human nature to wonder and be concerned about circumstances or how to get through some tough spots, especially when you have others depending on you.

This past weekend was one that everything that’s been building up,  piling on and seemed to just crush my spirit and plunged me into a mini melt down.

It’s during these times I know that there’s Only One who can take the messes, piles and mountains, and One I should be going to when everything is so overwhelming.

When things hit hard and steady, God has ways of calming us down and giving us reminders that He’s still there, still in control (even when everything else is out of control) and still drawing us closer- if we let Him.  As I poured out all my fears and anxieties about the things coming on this year, some Himalaya sized mountains I am trusting Him to move, He reminded me of things which calmed my soul.  Kind of like His loving hand wiping frustrated tears as my nightly verse Sunday night before bed was Psalm 34. A few verses stuck out at me, and still make me cry with Thanksgiving…

v 1-3
I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 
My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

v 4
I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

v 6-9
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

v 18-19
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

v 22
The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

It didn’t stop there though, God had a few more things to ‘say’ to me, about things.  One of which is those times He seems silent.   In a book I received from a friend at church recently, one that I may share experiences reading, or borrow from in future articles, I was reminded that God may seem silent sometimes, and even absent for a time, but He never is away from those who seek Him.

One of my favorite verses comes from the Book of Job- in the midst of all of his troubles, even feeling abandoned by God, he declares, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in the flesh I will see God.

Considering all of the things that Job suffered, we have a Redeemer Who suffered even more.  While Job felt abandoned by God, he understood that God still held all things in His hands, and knew where to find him… But He knows the way that I take (Job 23:10a)

No matter how we feel sometimes that God is not to be found, we can find the same assurance that He knows exactly where we are too and that He has not left us.

There are different reasons for God’s silence, and sometimes it’s not Him, but us not hearing. Or it may be that He’s waiting on us to wait on Him, patiently trusting that He knows what He’s doing.

There’s a reason He makes us lay down in green pastures, and leads us beside still waters.  He restores our souls.

When you’re in the midst of Himalaya sized piles that life throws on you, remember, even then God knows it all, and is with you through it all.  Trust.

Thank You Lord ♥

Have a blessed Thursday all.

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