Do you ever feel like you’re drowning – not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually? There are days when I wonder if I’ll ever be able to accomplish a given task. I fear I’ll never have the strength or energy I did even ten years ago. There are days when I can get a lot done and other days when I feel totally useless.
I come from a long line of strong women. They all possessed a pioneer spirit – were willing to work hard and make sacrifices. They lived long lives, filled with trials and adversities, but always came out like tempered steel. I often feel more like a wimpy piece of aluminum foil.
So where did those women derive their strength – their persistence – their fortitude? My own mother was a God-fearing woman who suffered through betrayal, chronic persistent pain, struggled to make ends meet, loved her husband until her death and never gave up. I would hope that some of that stuff has rubbed off on me.
When I feel that way, I know it’s just another of the devil’s tricks to get me in his clutches. He can turn any situation to his purpose. We therefore have to be on guard at every moment.
Jesus told His followers that worry gets you nowhere. When he talked of the lilies of the field in all their glory, He was demonstrating how God cares for every part of His creation. If He clothes those flowers with delicate beauty and nourishes them, how much more will He care for us.
So, on those days when I need to be rescued from the rushing water of anxiety, restlessness and trouble, I must turn to the rock of my salvation and just shut up.