As of the writing of this blog, it’s been less than an hour since I got off the phone with a crying friend because of news she had just received. She was devastated. I don’t blame her. I got down on my knees before God and cried with her.
Life’s been very strange lately. Not just for me, but quite a few others I walk alongside with. Actually, “strange” isn’t quite the right word . . . how about crappy? Awful? Stressful? Unbelievable? You might be able to add a few words yourself.
Although my problems pale in comparison to so many others, they are still my problems and are not fun to deal with. For the most part, I’ve been handling them fairly well; but I do have my moments. Like yesterday, for example, when for a few seconds, my thoughts began to spiral out of control, taking me places no mind should go.
I found myself starting to panic. And before long, I was embracing my old friend Solitaire who faithfully distracts me from all of my troubles and lets me commune blissfully with her, for as long as I want, in a state of denial.
But this time was different. She wasn’t so faithful. As I played game after game, the thoughts persisted – my mind still racing, desperately trying to make sense of everything that’d been going on while dreading what might happen next.
And that’s when, out of the blue, for the first time in my whole life, my computer spoke to me . . . encouraged me . . . brought me back to sobriety. Two simple words, flashing briefly at the lower right-hand corner of my screen, caught my attention and arrested my soul:
Gulp. I had forgotten. Just like my anti-virus software is always protecting my computer in the “background” while I work, so is the God of everything protecting me and my friends. We may not remember He’s there, quietly working behind the scenes, but He is – faithfully intercepting unwanted, malicious threats, throwing them into quarantine, and rendering them impotent. Oh, they might still even be lurking around here and there – but ultimately they can’t destroy us. We are protected.
Are you feeling weak? Vulnerable? Tired? God has you. Right now, in the center of your storm, He’s there. Protection enabled. And what’s even more good news, is that our God has this insane way of turning the worst possible crap in our lives into good. ALWAYS. End of story.
So, if like me you are in need of some encouragement today, I will leave you with a few short Scriptures to reflect on this week or maybe even memorize to keep tucked away in your back pocket. Blessings! And may you wholly lean on God’s protection and provision during this time.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33, NASB
The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever. Psalm 121:7-8
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Rom. 8:28
Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Psalm 55:22
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thess. 3:3
In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8