I don’t know what the future holds. Sometimes I think of what might happen and I panic. How will I cope? Who will care for those I love? But my heart steadies as I remember these words:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
If I can only get through this. If I just take charge of this. If I can change this. If I get this. On and on, and nothing changes. Yet one thing is true. One person stays the same:
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
I can’t sleep. I’ve tried everything; pills, hypnosis, hot milk, no screens. Too hot – too cold. Two o-clock, three 0’clock, four. It’s got so I dread going to bed. I cling to Him:
Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
I’m under so much pressure at work. I don’t know how to reach my child. I can’t pay the bills. I can’t meet my deadlines. The boiler’s broken. My parents are sick. What can I do? Where can I turn?
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
I’m waiting for test results. I’m having treatment. I’m walking alongside a sick friend. What if it’s not okay? How will we cope?
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4.
I know I’m not looking after myself. Eating junk; too much caffeine, burning the candle at both ends. I need to make changes, but I feel like I’m stuck.
“’For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 41:13-14
The meds make it better, but I’m still not fixed. I’m frightened I’ll be on them all my life; but I’m frightened I can’t manage alone. What will others think? Will they judge me like I judge myself?
“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17