Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Where do you turn when your circumstances seem like too much to bear?  
When the future seems so uncertain?  
Too often I lay awake, sleepless and worried.  
Enough, I say.  

Take a few moments to take in these words from the Psalms and from missionary Sarah Young on Isaiah 43:1.  Give yourself a moment of quiet.  He who saw Philip under the fig tree is ready to show us "even greater things than this," (John 1:45-51).  Maybe take another moment.  Because, if you are like me, you might need to give these words a few minutes to marinate before your heart is ready to trust.  Amazing how we trust our worry so readily....and are so skeptical of our Help.  Remember that psalms like the one below aren't just reserved for those who are persecuted by visible enemies.  They are given to us to pray whenever life's troubles threaten to overwhelm us (right on. Thanks, Magnificat, Aug 19th).  If your problems are well under control today, come over and teach me your tricks! and then consider praying this for others who face problems that seem insuperable.

Psalm 142

St. Michael slew the dragon (Rev. 12:7-9).
  With Help, we can too.
With all my voice I cry to the Lord
with all my voice I entreat the Lord.
I pour out my trouble before Him
I tell Him all my distress
while my spirit faints within me.
But you, O Lord, know my path.

On the way where I shall walk
they have hidden a snare to entrap me.
Look on my right and see:
there is no one who takes my part.  
I have no means of escape,
 not one who cares for my soul.

I cry to you, O Lord.
I have said: "You are my refuge,
all I have in the land of the living."
Listen, then, to my cry 
for I am in the depths of distress.

Rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are stronger than I.
Bring my soul out of this prison
and then I shall praise your name.
Around me the just will assemble
because of your goodness to me.


"Accept each day as it comes to you.  Do not waste your time and energy wishing for a different set of circumstances.  Instead, trust Me enough to yield to My design and purposes.  Remember that nothing can separate you from My loving Presence.  You are Mine."
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
based on Isaiah 43:1 and Philippians 2:9-11

Hang in there.  

1 comment:

Just ME said...

"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope.
When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you.
When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart" Jeremiah 29:11-13.
I stare at this verse every day. Gives me such great peace about what might happen in my day.