There are seasons of life God brings us through that can be a bit overwhelming at times… I’ve been going through one of those seasons. Things go wrong, comments are made, there are challenges physically, emotionally and spiritually… it’s a hard place to be!
God says in His word to “Be still and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:10) but I had gotten to the point where I didn’t even know how to do that! It is so easy to become so overwhelmed by what is going on around me that I cannot even see the solution. I reached out to some, and didn’t find what I needed, and it was getting very discouraging!
Today I was challenged to find something that I could look to for the kind of comfort I needed. Not to depend on others, but to find something that I could do myself, between me and the Lord. In the past I have done prayer journaling, but at this point, I couldn’t even do that. I prayed and asked the Lord to help me, going through the list of all the common-sense ideas… but all I could think of was to get out. To remove myself from the situation that I was in because I was drowning in it.
It wasn’t in a radical way, but I did have to recognize my inability to even see the solution. So suddenly I got the idea to bring my dog to the park. It was a random thought (Not! 🙂 I know now God gave it to me!), I’d never done it before, but I just knew that was what I needed to do. I got my keys, let her hop in the car, and we went. Something so simple…
There is something incredibly healing when you get away from everything and bathe yourself in the quiet of God’s creation! Just to walk and sit without anything in view to cloud the mind. It was such a place of quiet rest, and to just sit and be still before the Lord… to feel His presence embrace me and lift me up and give me words to pray.
Coming home I was still exhausted (as was Tessa now!), still in pain, but it was good. There was a refreshing inside me. Proverbs 18:14 comes to mind, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” In getting so busy working on and worrying about my physical situation I failed to follow the simplest truths of God’s word and just rested in Him and allowed Him to renew my spirit.
So next time the world gets spinning ’round faster than I can handle it… I hope I remember the lesson I learned today!
What is something you do to renew your mind in Christ and gain peace and comfort when your world is spinning too hard for you?