Sometimes the situations we go through will have us rocking and reeling to the point we feel like Charlie Brown atop a baseball mound. Our clothes all over the place with an exclamation point over our heads. The circumstances can be so perplexing and heavy you just want to pack your suitcase and runaway. A lot of people won’t admit it. But that has been a thought I’ve entertained from time to time.
So often people say, “Everybody’s got a story to tell.” Yet these stories are not some fairytale with a happy ending. But nightmares on Elm Street to the 25th power. And quiet as kept, I do not want to walk in anyone else’s shoes—sometimes not even my own. I tried to give them away, but they keep coming back. In those times you feel lost and aimless.
People are giving you all sorts of advice. Yet you feel like Job when his friends began counselling him. (Job 2:11) It is not always something we’ve done wrong when we find ourselves in these predicaments. Through no fault of your own you may find yourself a grandparent inheriting your grandchildren to raise. A spouse who is suddenly a single parent. Or the caregiver to a spouse who has just been stricken with some physical or mental disease.
You find yourself lost in a maze of unexpected trials and all you need is to just see some small ray of light to feel hope with an exit strategy.
There is a scripture that says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5-8)
Here is a little prayer I hope will help you through those trying times:
“Lord, please help me see with eyes that are wise, not eyes blurred with overwhelming emotions. Help me act out of a heart that follows You, not a heart heavy with worry. Help me think with a holy perspective, not a mindset based on my own opinions or feelings. Give me wisdom and discernment, and the ability to recognize and follow wise instruction when I receive it.”
The text that goes with that prayer is
Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise in your latter days.
There are many plans in a man’s heart,
Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.
We found this prayer at crosswalk.com.
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