Have you ever felt trapped?

Feeling trapped, with no options, is a horrible place to be. I know. I’ve been there several times in the past few years.

When the housing market crashed in Phoenix a few years ago, our consulting firm almost crashed along with it. Contracts were canceled, potential jobs shriveled, investments bombed. I wondered where our help would come from?

Oh, I knew God would help. But His timing was definitely not mine. While I wanted a quick fix, He had another plan.

Before help came, He let us sit in the mess for awhile. In fact, we had to sit in a place of helplessness for longer than we wanted. All of our previous abilities to help ourselves were gone. Places that had previously been willing to extend a helping hand weren’t able to help. At times it felt like we had been abandoned.

But then God stepped in. And because we’d been sitting in that mess so long, our gratitude doubled, no tripled. We clearly saw His hand at work. In hindsight, if we’d been able to pull ourselves out of the trouble, we would have patted ourselves on the backs at our cleverness.

Do you see where I’m going here?

I’m writing this because I need to remind myself of God’s faithfulness … even when I feel trapped.

I’m currently sitting in a situation that has me feeling trapped. Our lives changed with the choice of a family member Tuesday morning. It wasn’t my choice, but my life is interwoven with my family. And now, due to that choice, difficult decisions have to be made.

But instead of having lots of options, our choices are shriveling. What looked possible on Wednesday, crashed on Thursday. Places that I thought could help, can’t. People I thought would step in to help, aren’t jumping at the chance.

This morning, I’m back in that place of wondering where, or more accurately, when, our help will come.

But I know it will come. I know God has a plan. As I was praying yesterday morning, I asked God for some encouragement from His word. And He led me to Psalm 107.  In this Psalm, we learn of God’s faithfulness to people who are in all kinds of difficult places:  deserts, darkness, and the foolishness of their deeds.  Yet no matter where they were or what they had done, when they cried to God, He heard them.  And He hears us today.

This Psalm isn’t just literature.  It’s a message from the faithful of old, to the faithful today.   This message was written so that when we feel lost, trapped, overwhelmed, and afraid, we would read its words and believe … believe that the same God who brought streams in the desert then, will do so today.

Here’s just a portion of that scripture.  When you have time, please read the entire passage. 

Psalm 107:28-32

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
   and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
   the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
   and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
   and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people
   and praise him in the council of the elders.

May this bring the same hope and peace to you, that it did to me.

In His Love,

Glynnis

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Comments

  1. Teresa C. says

    So sorry that you’re feeling trapped, but happy you are in God’s word! In my situation, I just feel like I’ve been waiting for an answer forever. It’s been almost 2 years but I know God has a plan. Definitely working on patience and faith.

  2. Janet says

    I love this Psalm…. just wrote it down to embed it in my brain a little more. He brought them out of their distress (mental suffering caused by grief, anxiety is one definition). He can bring peace and relief even if it seems circumstances are not changing in a favorable way.

  3. Kirsty Bell says

    Hi Glynnis, I just found this post. Amazing. I’m in that same place. Learning to pray in silence. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Carol says

    My small country church is going through distress right now…again. People are hurt and angry and talking about leaving, dividing up to takes sides. I hioe we can all pull together to “cry out to the Lord”.
    Prayers for your family in your difficult time. God bless.

  5. Melissa says

    Hello, sisters. I have felt trapped for years now, by several situations that God is not allowing me to get out of even though I try or beg Him to change them. I have had this “imprisoned” feeling for almost 14 years now. I do not understand why things must take so long to change. However I am thankful for how much I have learned about God, His Word, myself, and human nature through these hard years. I know I willingly “signed up” to be a slave of Christ… I guess maybe I am feeling the reality of what that truly means. Has anyone else had to wait a decade or more for God to bring those streams in the desert? (Besides David and possibly Joseph?) Proverbs 13:12a rings through my head often: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…”

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