Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 43:5 (NIV)
“What? Are you kidding me? Not again!!!”
That was my reaction to the news I heard from someone I love dearly. It was the last thing I expected to hear when I picked up the phone. And there is nothing like feeling helpless, since the situation is that someone else’s to figure out and work through. The temptation to dwell in that moment became oh so heavy. That is how I felt as I attempted to process what I had just heard.
Then I regrouped and was reminded of the truth…that is just how life with loved ones is sometimes. Yep! They swoop in, knock us off our feet, and then we are left to figure out what our next move should be:
Should we loathe in self-pity or sorrow on their behalf?
Should we attempt to gain control…even though it is not our fight?
Should we play our manipulation card to make them dance to our music?
Should we scratch our hair out trying to make sense of their nonsense?
Should we adorn ourselves with their burdens to prove our love for them?
The reality is that neither of these responses will solve anything. Nor will we ever find peace and contentment by indulging in them.
Personally, I have practiced each of these options, at one time or another, over my lifetime, all to no avail. I can remember going through many emotional roller coaster rides that I was never even invited on, that did not directly concern me…just to try and to mastermind situations. The silly thing is…I simply needed to be the master of minding my own business…and let God do what He does best–take control.
For most, that is easier said than done. More often than not, when times of difficulty come, we are forced to tread through rough waters and are left asking tough questions like:
But…what should we do when we get devastating news?
But…what should we do when one of our children disappoints us?
But…what should we do when the promotion falls through?
But…what should we do when the medical report is not in our favor?
But…what should we do when we have no control over a given situation?
Hmmm…there is only one right answer to any and every one of these questions. And even though it is not often the first response, it is always the right one.
We should YET PRAISE…our very present Help in times of trouble.
We should YET PRAISE…the Author and Finisher of our faith.
We should YET PRAISE…Him who supplies all of our needs.
We should YET PRAISE…the All-Powerful, All-Knowing God.
Even in the worst of times, God is well able to see us through and bring us out. And beyond that, He has the ability to sustain us in the midst of turmoil.
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness… Isaiah 61:3 (KJV)
Though the weight of sorrow will seem crippling at times, our Heavenly Father will embellish us with just the right attire to withstand any and every temptation to faint or lose heart.
Whatever the situation is, we are equipped to and ought to keep a YET PRAISE ready to offer up to our God!
A songwriter says it best, “Don’t wait til the battle is over…shout now!”
NOW…is always the best time to PRAISE!
Lord, No matter what is going on in my world…May I always keep a praise on my lips ready to release to You! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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