Have you ever had days when it seems like God is far off and your prayers seem to bounce of the ceiling? Sometimes lately I have been feeling so small and frankly a bit unnoticed – like everybody is busy with their own plans and dreams and I am just treading water. I know it happens to us all at times – even King David felt this way. Although at times I feel like King David had definite Drama King tendencies I love his straight forward honesty with God.
Psalms 6:3-6 My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long? 4 Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. 5 No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave? 6 I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.
So in this period of quiet I am reminding myself of things that I know to be true, even if they don’t feel it today.
- God knows and cares about my life in detail
Luke 12:7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
With hair like mine this is quite a feat!
- God comes close when I come close to him
James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
- Appearances can be deceptive
2 Kings 6:15-17 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. 16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
To Elisha, the trainee prophet their situation looked impossible – surrounded by enemies. Yet through the eyes of faith he say that God was in fact with them.
This is a small list of the things I am reminding myself today. What truth do you remind yourself of to keep yourself sane when God feels far off?