My Grace-Full Life

4.13.20 Praise & Prayer Prompt: When Circumstances Overwhelm Us

TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9 ESV)

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• When I met my husband, he had a dog named Sadie. We spent nine years tolerating one another. She resented my presence and the truth is—she was the most annoying dog in the whole world. But I managed to surprise myself when she died; I bawled like a baby.

About two years before Sadie died, I wrote a “diary” for her that I titled, “The Midnight Ramblings of a Yorkie Poo.” In it, “Sadie” bemoaned the fact that for one horrible night, she wasn’t glued to the side of her “favorite person in the world, Wayne,” and she agonized over his choice for a wife, “the shrew, allegedly named ‘Denise.’” I had a lot of fun writing it and I think I amused a few of our friends with it.

I tell you all this today because sometimes, we have our own midnight ramblings… we bemoan our circumstances. We try to determine who is to blame. We are disappointed by a series of events that don’t live up to our expectations. And we wonder why life doesn’t look like we thought it would.

I expect that during Shelter in Place, many people can relate to these feelings. As fear mounts, unemployment skyrockets, and stability is sitting on a fault line, maybe you wonder where God is in the middle of this.

Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” These words, given to Joshua when God commissioned him to lead Israel into the Promised Land, hold true for us too. Even if where you go is from the kitchen to the living room.

As we begin what feels like Day # 5824813 of this pandemic, let us remember the blessings in this.

  1. We’ve been going fast and furious for a long time… God is giving us the chance to slow down, reset priorities, and define better boundaries.
  2. He is giving us a chance to reconnect with our families in a new way.
  3. Best of all, God is giving us a chance to seek Him.

Are you making the most of this time? Or are you wringing your hands with anxiety of all the unknowns?

Maybe it’s not just the pandemic. Maybe your circumstances weren’t what you expected even before coronavirus. Maybe career, marriage, parenthood just didn’t end up being what you thought…

Here’s a simple truth though: This life will never be perfect. It’s not meant to be because otherwise, what would be the point of heaven? But even when life disappoints, God is good. God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.

Embrace God’s promise that He is with you. Seek Him. He promises that anyone who seeks Him with their whole heart will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). He will even listen to your own midnight ramblings. If you’ll trust Him, He will flood your heart with the peace only He can offer. Peace that even settles anxiety of pandemic-proportions.

Today, as you pray, thank God for His promise to be with us in all circumstances. Thank Him for being in control, even when things feel out of control. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you confess your worries and fears. Ask Him to help you trust in His goodness, even when things aren’t good.

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