In Times of Trouble

Sometimes life seems overwhelming. I’m thinking particularly in a very wide scope, the terrorism in the world and the rulers (and want-to-be rulers) of countries. The Lord sometimes appears to stand off in times of trouble.

Isn’t it our reaching out to Him that is lacking? We stand back and say “where are you?” instead of acknowledging that His plan is underway.  It is our grasp that is inadequate, not His reach.

Why don’t we more often remember that when we go to Him, He gives comfort even in the worst of times and circumstances? Psalm 10 reminds us that He hears, encourages, listens, and defends.

Lord, we lay it all before you. This world and its troubles are far more than any man or woman can control. We are defenseless as individuals. Your power and might, not just in countries but in the universe, are what should overwhelm us. While we pray for wisdom for those who lead our countries great and small, we also bow before you with humility, and ask that you broaden our view to include You as the master of all.

Bright Future

Consider for a moment or a lifetime the brightness of heaven. I woke with the clarity of light and the near-effervescence of a morning ripe with a sunny glow, thanks to an overnight snowfall. It’s a treat to those of us who live in gloomy regions in the winter, when gray skies drag a dank, somber element into the environment, to be lifted by sunshine, a bit of blue in the sky, and clean white on ground alive with moving tree shadows. The evergreens touched with snow now stand in sharp contrast to the limbs and branches in the woods around me. Who noticed them just yesterday?

Heaven will be like this. Not the snow, perhaps (who knows?) but the non-gloominess. The cleansing, as an overnight snowfall does, will allow hearts to be permanently light and full of joy.

God’s washing makes us whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7). Take joy in the fact that He has made you clean. Live in that whiteness, that effervescent place within, and know that the clarity, the brightness will be even better in heaven. Dullness of heart and darkness mind, move over. Heavenly light, in us now and around us then, can’t be extinguished.

Dearest Lord, open my eyes and my heart to Your brightness, to Your glory. May I be Your light to those who need it, and in my own dark seasons, may I never forget to reach out to grasp Your light, not settling into the darkness. Your grace, your brilliance, and your beauty, are always there.