by Maria Rudolph
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To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God (Psalm 25:1).
Sometimes, the world seems dark and shattered into a million pieces. It doesn’t matter about the beautiful day outside. It doesn’t matter about the smiling faces of my family and their kind acts. It doesn’t matter how blessed I am to live in a peaceful country and have everything I need. There is this great heaviness upon me, and every next step seems like a ginormous effort. I just lie on the ground, unable to move. Unable to do anything at all.
It is in these moments that I am grateful that God is always there. I don’t even have to do anything. God is already there. He sits right beside me on the floor. He holds me in the palm of his loving hand. God is there. And in these moments, when nothing seems okay, and everything apparently falls apart, I just fall into God. And I am held. Securely. And that is all we ever need.
Take heart today in your own struggle and weariness. Lift your soul to the Lord; put all your trust in him. It’s all you will ever need. It won’t make your troubles disappear or change the circumstances around you. But God is taking your burdens upon himself and moves with you through it all. ‘Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love’ (Psalm 25:6). Of course, God remembers. And as we focus on God through our trouble, our perspective changes to God’s perspective. ‘All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant’ (Psalm 25:10).
When in your life were you unable to do anything except cling to God?
Loving God, I lift my soul to you and put all my trust in you. You are my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? You are the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? I completely place myself into your loving hands, knowing I am safe there. Grant me your peace that transcends all human understanding. In Jesus’ name. Amen.