To accomplish such goals, we muster up everything in our power to achieve our desired results.
And we have a great sense of satisfaction when the end result is so pleasing.
Relying on our own strength works well in many instances.
But how do we manage when the challenges we are facing are emotional or spiritual in nature – having to do with relationships, health, work, or family?
I can think of painful circumstances affecting people I know at this very moment….
~a sudden diagnosis of stage 4 cancer
~ sudden rejection by a family member
~a skiing accident resulting in surgery for a broken leg
I’m sure you know friends or family who are dealing with difficulties as well.
How do we search our depths for the wherewithal to face disappointments, worries….and heartaches?
And what recourse do we have when our troubles just seem impossible to bear?
When we can no longer rely on our own fortitude, we can ask God to do the heavy lifting.
He alone can bolster our strength, bring us hope, wrap us in His warm and enduring comfort.
Author Sarah Young continues to inspire me with her words.
In Jesus Always, March 16, she writes, in God’s voice:
Close your right hand, as if you are grasping onto My hand. This symbolic gesture helps you feel connected to Me – to My living Presence.
I have tried this, multiple times.
And amazingly, this simple gesture makes God feel very near.
How encouraging it is to know that we have immediate, constant access to God, at any moment.
He never makes us wait on hold, or tell us that we need to do just one more little (or big) thing to access His grace and mercy.
Next time you find yourself wondering where to turn, think of His right hand, extended to you.
Just waiting for your grasp.
Give Him all that encumbers you.
God – and only God – can handle the heaviest weights of all.
For I hold you by your right hand—I, the Lord your God.
And I say to you,‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.’ ~Isaiah 41:13