I cry aloud to God,
aloud to God, and he will hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
in the night my hand is stretched out
my soul refuses to be comforted.
I said, “Let me remember my song in the night;
let me meditate in my heart.”
Then my spirit made a diligent search:
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among
Psalm 77:1-2; 6; and 11-14
From the moment we open our eyes we start thinking about the messes that surround us. The unfinished we left open when we finally fell asleep.
Not just the pile of laundry waiting for us, but the emotional messes, the worries, the physical ailments, the pain of grieving, the wrecked marriage, the financial strife, the stress over a recent diagnosis, the child going astray, the missing of a loved one who has abandoned the relationship.
And it seems like so many wild animals jumping out of their cages at us as soon as we awake that we want to pull the covers over our head and hide.
For a while we may need to do just that. And rest as our hearts cry to God. We all process pain in our own way and in our own time.
But there is no escaping our reality.
Life is to be lived in all its many moments, good and bad. When the hard times come we can run away and feel we want to die or disappear for there seems to be no comfort. But all that is troubling us will still be there and often it just gets worse if we ignore the issue.
He knows life is hard, that it hurts. He knows that better than we do.
He never expects that we should walk the weary road alone when He will be with us every step of the way.
And when we feel like there is no way out, when we feel all wrapped up in our misery, we must choose with the last bit of our strength to recall God’s goodness to us in times past. And with a choice of our will, regardless of feelings, place our concerns in His hands.
Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
And then flip the switch in that favorite outpost of the enemy and change our thinking. We must stop ruminating on all the bad and all the pain and choose to think on things that are good. Hunt for the gifts that He gives us every single day even in the darkness. Even when we feel scared and alone.
This step of faith is a huge first step in our healing.
We will see our faith grow as we trust that He will take good care of us — someway, somehow — even though we can’t figure it all out. Even when it feels like the hurt inside will never stop. Even when we cannot imagine our situation being resolved.
And we surrender to grace wrapped in so much love. The Father’s unending love.
Standing back in humble awe and gratitude we bend low.
And He works His awesome transformation in our hearts one day at a time aided by our choices. And sometimes our circumstances change. Sometimes they don’t.
But our hearts will be different. And we will find strength and courage in Christ that we never knew we had.
And that’s what God is after. Heart change.
God working wonders…
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