Sheltered in the arms of God; it’s a safe place to be. So when all rages wildly about you and your mind is doing whirling twirls in no kind of organized fashion, the place to be is quiet before the Lord and held tightly in His safe keeping ’til the quiet comes.
So there’s a lot of us wondering just what’s around the next bend, the next winding curve, the next twist in the road. Yeah, so many bends, twists and curves in the way of this life isn’t there? So many issues that just pop up out of no where and have every intent to take us down with defeat. Truth is, sometimes they do take us down and take us over with their overwhelming heaviness and ‘no sense’ logic. They warp our minds and our hearts and leave us reeling right there smack dab in the middle of life and just when good things were happening too.
What do we do with that? What do we do with the nonsense distractions that take our focus from the good things in the journey and try to fragment our spirit with a hit and run collision? Those issues don’t stop to consult or discuss, they just ~ well, they just hit and run and leave us trampled and bruised. No answers and with really so much chaos there are no questions.
David was there at that bend, at the twist in the road ~ that winding curve, when the collision overwhelmed him. In Psalm 142: 1 – 7 the Psalmist reaches a point of despair when he cries out to the Lord…
“I cry out to the LORD; I plead for the LORD’S mercy. I pour out my complaints before Him and tell Him my troubles. When I am overwhelmed, You alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me. I look for someone to come and help me but no one gives me a passing thought. No one will help me, no one cares a bit what happens to me. …..Oh, but David in verse 5, though very low in spirit, very alone in the journey, so lonely and entrapped in his prison of harassment by foes, knows that his trust still remains in the LORD, who is his life, and he directs his focus back to the LORD’S goodness and protection. He knows that he knows his Redeemer and then yeah, what does he do? He offers praise in the hardship. Let’s do it! Let’s offer praise to our maker even for the problem.
Beautiful soul, if you’re having a bad day and that twist in the road is a sharp one, and that hit and run has left you beaten, drag your beautiful self into God’s presence and read the words of David in Psalm 143 then say with him in 143: 10, “Teach me to do Your will, for you are my God. May Your gracious spirit lead me forward, on a firm footing.” Then pray for God’s goodness to overwhelm you today and shut out the no logic nonsense of harsh distractions. God’s got this road for you, Father filtered it is and comes with His protection and safe keeping. Stay with Him! Walk with Him! Find peace in His presence and joy in His light!
So perhaps it’s a bad day for you and It’s been a drastic day so far of everything going wrong that could and you’re left wondering if you can selvedge any of its precious moments to redeem the time and still manage to keep some kind of sanity in this ‘all gone wrong’ world of yours?
Some days are just like that aren’t they? Well, beautiful soul, you gotta know that even in the midst of all the fight and conundrum and confusion and hard stuff that’s going on, God’s got it for you, held tightly in His hand! Yeah, and He does know your frustration and your panic and the worry nipping in that apprehensive heart of yours! And those ties that wrap in tight knots that won’t undo, around that mind of yours? Yeah, He knows those too. So, that next hard thing and difficult place ~ Just float through it right into His safe keeping! Under the shelter of His wing! Safe on the rock of His protection! Secure in His shield and confident in His salvation. He is there for you even on the rainy days and the blue days, and the so ‘gone wrong’ days. He led David through a few of those with a jealous Saul in relentless pursuit. David knew death entangled him and torrents of destruction overwhelmed him but he called on his God for help and His God delivered him and gave him a song and he gave praise back to the God who delivered, with the words of the song in Psalm 18: 1, 2, 3
“I love you O Lord my strength. The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress and my Deliverer; my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the Horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”