“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2
This morning I drove to the gas station praying the entire way that the “low fuel level” warning didn’t mean I was about to need a tow. This is after I jumped into my car and was overwhelmed by the smell of rubber from the tire, with a bolt in the middle of it, that STILL needs fixed. Yes, I have been rockin’ the rusted, spare tire look this week. Dirty clothes are overflowing the basket. My child needs fed, again. Bills need paid. And let’s not forget to mention that tomorrow, my ex-husband is back in court for the sentencing in his murder trial. How can this be real life? Bless.
Parts of my journey have been a complete mess. Who am I kidding? Sometimes every day can feel like a mess. Please tell me I am not the only one. How can we find peace in all the mess?
Unplug. Sometimes the best thing to do is shut the phone off and turn the praise music up. Take a long, hot bath. Drive around the block a few (hundred) times. Walk off the stress. Stretch out your muscles. Do some deep breathing. Buy a punching bag (for cardio, of course)?
Stop and surrender. Instead of running and fixing, I simply need to look up to Him and my perception shifts. He is my rock (Ps. 92:15).
Have it out with Him. I can go to Him when I’m cheerful and irate. He can handle it. Unload the weight to the One who can carry it all (Micah 7:7).
Pour over passages. Nothing in this world can comfort me quicker and lead me better than His Word. I simply don’t use it enough. It is alive and powerful (Heb. 4:12).
Flip your focus. Find someone struggling or completely buried in a mess and go help them. For heaven’s sake, let’s love on someone “unlovable” (Gal. 6:2). Have we not all been there?
We may be in the middle of a horrible mess, but we don’t have to BECOME the mess. That is not our identity. We can find peace because darling, we are tough and He is with us.
Meet us, even in the mess. Compel us to shift our focus to You and walk out of the mess. You can handle any problem we face. Feed us from Your promises. Help us remember our true identity. Teach us to love well. You alone.