Daily Threads

A Very Present Help

January was an interesting month for me… and mine. It has been one interesting thing after another all month. Some things have been inconvenient and some have been downright scary. We made it through all of the adventures and seem to be calming down in this first week of February.

Psalm 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

Go-Getter No More?

One thing that was present all month was my low energy level. Back in August when I realized that something in me had changed, I began researching and, of course, visited my doctor. Since August, my energy has never come back up to the go-getter pace that I am accustomed to. But it did get considerably better during the Fall. Then, after low energy all month, last week I bottomed out fully again and I was in bed for 5 days. I thought that maybe I had gotten past whatever was going on last year but apparently, I haven’t.

I am okay with that and I am so thankful that I did not get depressed. Obviously, I just had to ride it out, knowing that I was in my Master’s hand.

God is in control and I know He has His hand on me in this particular situation. As far as living in my new normal, I simply have to learn how to live knowing that if I really push myself, my body will force me to take a few days to recover. I would rather be ready for it than to pretend it won’t come again. I just need a simple plan to get what I must do done.

Our Passage

Above we see that God is with us even when things are going haywire. We did not have mountains crumbling into the sea and such. What we did have was times of not knowing what was going to happen next for days at a time. A lot of people were praying and even if they had not been, God is still good and He is still in control. We are very thankful for praying brothers and sisters in the Lord and we are thankful that God is faithful to who He says He is in His Word.

Hiding and Resting

We can really hide in Him because He is our refuge. Sometimes when I wind up in bed for a few days, I feel myself hiding in Him, resting in Him and waiting for Him to restore my physical strength. There is no better place to be than hiding in Him. We can really know that He is God and He is in control. We can trust Him to do what is best even if the earth around us is sliding into the sea!

Things to Ponder:

  • Do you need to hide in Him and rest in Him today?
  • Do you need Him to restore your strength?
  • Is the earth moving around you today in a way that you cannot navigate for yourself?

I hope you will go back and read our passage for today and ask God to help you trust Him as He leads you through.

Go Deeper Today:

Matthew 7:15-20

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