Have you ever read something and it was like "whoa, that was meant for me?!" Well that happened to me this morning. Now I am not one to talk (or write) a lot about my faith, but I just HAD to share this with you. I hope you understand my excitement :). I don't know how you start your day. Well, I do. With coffee. Or yelling at the kids. Kidding. I attempt to start my day by reading the Bible and praying before my feet touch the trail. Or Blackberry. Or a host of other things. Well, this morning I was reading Psalms 40 and the words I was reading were like I was writing it. David must have been in my head!! Here's is part of what I read:
"Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD; may your love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. Be pleased to save me, LORD; come quickly, LORD, to help me. May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame. But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The LORD is great!” But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay." Psalm 40: 11-17
Now I don't know about you, but if you are stressed, troubled, worried or anxious (such as myself) those words warmed my heart. I don't know what the coming moments and days will have for me, but I know this. God is with me. He is watching over me. He cares for me. And he cares for you too.
I don't need to worry about my enemies or haters because they are in God's hands. At times I want to throw in the towel. Just when I think things couldn't get worse, they do. But in spite of all this, I do know this. God has a plan and a purpose for me. And you. You don't need to fret over what is bothering you. Maybe you are dreading the holiday's. Maybe you don't know where you are going to sleep tonight. Or if you will have food on your plate. Or maybe you need to lose 100 pounds. Maybe your spouse is serving overseas and you don't know if you will see him/her again. Maybe you have cancer or another illness. Or ____________ (fill in the blank).
I wish I could take away the pain and suffering and heartache and sadness and give you a BIG hug. While a virtual hug may have to do for now, I do know this. That when everything is crumbling like a broken cookie, God is there for us. He loves you and me. And He will never let us down.
I'm writing this on a Monday. Struggling? Read the above passage again. And take comfort in the fact that God loves you. And so do I. Even if you hate me.
Sarah Stanley is a Christian professional endurance athlete who struggles just like everyone else. If they admit it or not. Keep in touch with her here.
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