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.
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,