Father, how often do I come before You in prayer feeling so overwhelmed by life?
There are some times when I feel like things are going well. I feel in the center of Your will and I have no concerns. I am blessed in the sense of peace all around me.
There are times when I have small issues that are so easy for You to show me solutions. They may take time and action, but are easily handled with Your help.
And then there are times when I am so anxious over circumstances that I lay my heart open for You to see and heal. I prepare for battle with Your armor and You send me out with marching orders against the enemy.
But sometimes, when I see the overwhelming personal issues: illness, death; and larger ones that ravage the world, my country, Your people: suffering, hunger, corruption, oppression, terrorism, to name a few; I am overcome by how small I am and how helpless I feel.
These are the times I come to You and lay my head on Your shoulder. I wrap my arms around You, bury my face in Your robes and nuzzle in, breathing in Your power, and Your peace.
I am calmed, because I know that You are in control. I understand that this is not a battle You have called me to, but that You have it completely in hand. And I need not worry about it.
These verses describe what I feel:
“My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul like weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
I know there are things You deal with that are too big for me to even be a part of. And like a child who no longer breastfeeds, when that child goes to its mother, there is no physical hunger to be satisfied –only peace and calm derived from the safety and security the mother offers.
That’s what I feel in You. I know that the world is in Your capable hands, and I can rest contented. Thank You for this lovely picture. And for being the One I can trust and rest in. Amen