Fourth of July was just a little more than any of us in my family planned on. So goes life. Then there was more drama Sunday evening which was unsolicited, unforeseen, and unrelated. Jeesh! No rest for the weary sometimes it seems!
It reminded me that we can not always anticipate and know what lies ahead. But, we are not left without a hope or help. These 2 different incidents were beyond my ability to patch together, in any sort of way. Only God could do it.
When you have one of those dark, hard hitting, sudden events that you are powerless to fix. Where do you look? Who do you call? I learned long ago that all I need IS my Lord. Only He will do. Ok, my Mama did call to chat, I confess, I did sob (something about Mamas!) I did say "Pray, pray, pray" (she's a great prayer warrior!)! But other than that, other than keeping busy from one day to the next, I just kept encouraging myself in the Lord, I kept praying. Throughout the time there was a refrain in my head - it was part of this psalm. It went like this "where does my help come from? My Help comes from the Lord - which made heaven and earth."
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
I thought I would share this because, trouble does come from time to time! But, we are not made to be vanquished, or to be ruined. God is near to hear and save. To give us strength, to give us grace, to renew our hope and vision. We are still moving forward from the two skirmishes, but we have come so much further-so much more gracefully than it looked possible a week and a half ago. And besides, my help comes from the Lord! So, I know at the end there is good!
Remember, when trouble comes, He is near, He is enough and He won't waste any pain, any tear if you will just trust it to Him as you keep moving forward.