Ever felt closed in on all sides? One problem on top of another, slowly building into a crooked Jenga tower (ever played that game?). At some point you know it’s all going to come crashing down, and when it does…a mess of Jenga blocks (problems) everywhere. What do you do? How do you handle? Do you confide in a friend? Meditate? Go have a drink? Cry your eyes out? Maybe you sit in the corner of the room and rock yourself till you feel better? Do you exercise or read a book?
Perhaps you have tried praying and feel like God is far away? I have felt that way sometimes. But something in me knows he’s there. At some point after you pray, have you ever had a friend text or call you at random about some miscellaneous topic…and then you end up talking to them about your problems …and it helps you feel better? Have you perhaps picked up the Bible or a favorite book and something speaks to you to encourage you to hang in there for one more minute/hour/day? Or maybe you turned the TV on at precisely the right time or flipped to the right channel to hear/see something that gave you a boost?
When you pray to God in the midst of your storm, he does hear you. He may not answer you audibly (it’s rare), but, he does answer…in any of the above mentioned ways and more. God can use people, books, billboards, songs, TV shows, articles, prayer, the Bible, nature or any other creative way to answer you and give you peace…and quiet…in the midst of your storm, to help you each time. Be encouraged today.
PS- Here’s an inspirational song that might strengthen you today called “Everything Falls” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk4A5647xHw