Pulling The Covers Over Your Head
“For the Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne will be their Shepherd, and He will guide them to the springs of the waters of life; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Corrie Ten Boom stated: “Every day something else failed to make sense, something else grew too heavy. Will You carry this too, Lord Jesus?”
There are many instances in a person's life that life just does not make sense. Often, during those times, the weight of that particular situation grows too heavy. Then out of nowhere you are blindsided, and yet another weight is added. You want to just hide, and you wish you could go to bed, pull the covers up over your head, and allow the tears to flow. The reassurance a person receives from God's promises of peace, joy, and hope need to be rekindled as they have escaped you.
Because God is a faithful God, He will not leave you comfortless, desolate, or helpless. He will not abandon you in the deep sunless valley. In His perfect timing, He will stretch forth His hand to touch you with just the right message to strengthen your heart. It may be through the love of a family member, or an encouraging telephone call from a friend. Perhaps you will receive a letter that is filled with various rich and wonderful promises of His joy, peace and hope. Soak up those assurances into your heart and soul, because they are like a light shining in a dark place.
Helen Steiner Rice wrote a poem titled: “Anxious Prayers”. A few lines are: “When we are deeply disturbed by a problem...and our minds are filled with doubt...And we struggle to find a solution...but there seems to be no way out...You have to believe in God's promise...that He comes not too soon or too late...For whether God answers promptly...or delays in answering your prayer...You must have faith to believe Him...and to know in your heart He'll be there...”.
You cannot avoid heavy and difficult circumstances in your life that do not make sense. But, you do not need to spin your wheels to have it all figured out. Trust the Shepherd to carry the burden(s). He will guide you, and will feed you. You will be able to “lie down (peacefully) in (fresh, tender) green pastures; (and) He (will) lead (you) beside the still and restful waters.”.
So, peek out from under the covers because a fabulous and sunny day awaits you. You have found “the springs of the waters of life”. The Shepherd wiped away all those tears from your eyes, and He stands beside you giving you His peace, joy, and hope.
Lord, thank You for always being there for us even during the difficult times. Amen.
~ Ann Brock