Stressful times seem to know no
limits any longer. It used to be:
·the holidays are stressful
·preparing for vacations is stressful
·“the kids are out of school for the summer, how
will I get anything done?” is stressful
(obviously, this is my list. Feel free to insert your
own stress factors)
Circumstances change and suddenly you find yourself with
little down time to recharge and regroup. Deadlines at work become tighter;
commute times become longer; the budget doesn’t stretch to cover expenses.
Sometimes it feels like the proverbial walls are coming down
Most of us can recite the 23rd Psalm in our
sleep. The words tumble out from years of recitation in Sunday School and
church services. There is nothing wrong with that. They are good words.
But when was the last time you actually absorbed the meaning
of those words? God loved David, yet David was no stranger to adversity. He had
his good days and his bad days. Sometimes his bad days were really bad. David
never stopped loving God; God never stopped loving David.
And He’ll never stop loving us.
God never promised us we would be sheltered from the
problems of this life, but He does say He will always be there to help us through
them. We need to:
When we fight for creative inspiration after a long day at
work; when we try to grab a couple of moments to work on our WIP while the kids
are busy with an activity; when we try to work out a scene in our heads while
stuck in traffic, remember, God has that green pasture all prepared for us. He’s
ready to set white noise to “babbling brook.” He’s ready to restore your soul.
All you need to do is ask.
God has plans for each and every one of us. He never said
the road would be easy. Not on this side of Heaven. But He’s running the
marathon with us and offering us cups of water along the way.
Go ahead, lie down in that pasture. Wiggle your toes in the
green grass and gaze into the calm waters.