Draw Near to God: Day Eleven

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Day Eleven: Praying for Help

Praise be to the Lord,

who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

We have escaped like a bird

out of the fowler’s snare;

the snare has been broken,

and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 124: 6-8

There is danger in the world.  Where can we find help?

Here is the big question.  What is God doing when you are in a bind?  When the lifeboat springs a leak? When the ripcord snaps? When the last penny is gone before the last bill is paid? When the last hope left on the last train?  What is God doing?

I know what we are doing.  Nibbling on nails like corn on the cob.  Pacing floors.  Taking pills.  I know what we do.

But what does God do?  Big question.  Real big.  If God is sleeping, I’m duck soup.  If he is laughing, I’m lost.  If he is crossing his arms and shaking his head, then saw off the limb, Honey, it’s time to crash. . .

So what do you think?  What does God do when you are in a bind?  That question can be answered with one word: fight.  He fights for us.  He steps into the ring and points us to the corner and takes over.  “You need only to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you.” (Ex 14:14)

His job is to fight.  Our job is to trust.

Just trust.  Not direct.  Or question.  Or yank the steering wheel out of his hands.  Our job is to pray and wait.  Nothing more is necessary.  Nothing more is needed.

Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus

This season,

May I be reborn

Washed clean

Made new

Forgiven

Spectacularly loved.

Remind me who I am.

Forgive me for my shadow sides,

Please heal my broken wings

That I might fly

With You.

Amen

Marianne Williamson,  Illuminated Prayers

How do you handle difficult situations?  Do you “yank the steering wheel out of His hands?”  Or do you wait and pray?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8

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  1. Tracey
    September 11, 2013 at 9:06 am (7 years ago)

    His job is to fight. Our job is to trust.
    Trust is so hard when panic digs in its heels. But it’s true. We have to trust.
    This was particularly pertinent to my life today.

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    • Writing Sisters
      September 11, 2013 at 9:11 am (7 years ago)

      Sorry Tracey, Panic is not an easy thing to deal with. I’m praying for your peace today.

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      • Tracey
        September 11, 2013 at 9:12 am (7 years ago)

        Thank you, though I feel calmer already after reading this post! Thanks again.

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  2. sustainabilitea
    September 11, 2013 at 10:40 am (7 years ago)

    I do both. 🙂 But I try to do the trusting more than attempting to take control. I have to pass this on to a friend who just emailed about a number of issues in her life. Thanks for letting God use you.

    janet

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  3. Johnnie Bruce
    September 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm (7 years ago)

    I hold tightly to what He has done in my past, even the blessing of yesterday. Today is 9/11/2013. 12 years ago I lived in NJ and will never forget how quickly life can be taken away. God is good and in control and He has the ending from all beginnings in the palm of His hands.

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    • Writing Sisters
      September 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm (7 years ago)

      Yes, a reminder to us all how precious life is – ours and the ones we love.

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  4. bennetta faire
    September 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm (7 years ago)

    Sometimes the painful riches are in the circumstances where we cannot grab the wheel. With my neighbor “missing and endangered”, there is nothing–ZERO–I can do, but cry out to God; and that is what I’m doing. Agony, mixed with the sweet deep intimacy of my relationship with the Lord. God bless you, Sisters.

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