I despised seeing nighttime arrive
The daytime hours provided distraction from my worries
….at least for a while
But nighttime was too quiet,
Too quiet to sleep.
It all rolled around in my head over and over again.
The problems seemed enormous.
It was almost physically painful
I wanted to be able to do more… to fix it
….But I’m not God
So I tried to leave it with Him
To “cast all my cares upon Him” as He asks
But somehow I kept feeding my worries
And owning them again, and again…
Without really being aware of my action.
Desperately I needed relief,
The mental anguish was
Greater than any I had experienced.
It drove me to my knees
And prostrated me before my Lord
Once again I cried out for relief
…for the answer……
“I am the One who spoke this world into existence
I can do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond
All you can ask or think.”
“Remind yourself of who your God is and the power
He has in merely a spoken word.”
“Lift your voice and heart and offer the sacrifice of praise
For I inhabit the praises of my people.
The chains will fall off and you will be free.
Free of the worry…free to trust me with your concerns.
Peace will rest on you and you will sleep.
Remember my mercy and my compassion to you.”
So praise, I offered to my loving Lord
Committing it all to him as an offering,
Rising above feelings… to obedience to Almighty God.
And wouldn’t you know… He was faithful!
In exchange for anxiety I received peace.
Confidence flooded my soul.
I didn’t have the answer
But God did!
I couldn’t see what He was doing,
But I knew He was at work
My concerns no longer held me captive!
And so I believe…
God is who He says He is
and He can do what He says He can do!
He is handling all that is of concern to me.
And there is rest for my weary, exhausted soul.
I wrote this in response to the days I experienced about a week ago when concerns seemed greater than any solution. Thank God, He comes through for us if we continue to praise Him and trust that He loves us beyond measure!!
Lynn Radke October 24,2012