by Ally Smith
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”
God, it’s hard. I know. Trust Me.
Those simple words, confident and sweet, touched my soul deeper than I thought was ever possible. Peace overwhelmed my soul as God’s Presence filled the space. I stood there in the sanctuary in awe of the God who sees, who hears, and who still speaks today. I understood clearly that the place I was standing was holy ground for I was in the Presence of the Lord, the everlasting God.
I recall that moment that happened only a couple weeks ago. The pastor encouraged us to be vulnerable and honest with God. I couldn’t think of a way to speak to God about the stress and worry that was starting to invade my mind. So I whispered, “God, it’s hard.” His reply was all I needed and then I was completely undone. I know. Trust Me.
These past couple of weeks have been difficult for everyone in various ways. Some have lost jobs, others are unable to see their family. Students are now taking online classes and parents are becoming overwhelmed trying to hold their kids’ attention for more than three minutes while they teach from home. Feelings of loneliness, fear, anxiety, and worry consume our minds as we try to get through this time of uncertainty together, not knowing when it will all go back to normal.
In moments such as these, I encourage others and remind myself to bring all this trouble to God. Bringing this all to God may mean finding a quiet place and weeping before Him. I’ve done it. It’s okay. He wants you to be vulnerable and to say exactly what you are feeling. Yes, He already knows, but He wants to hear it from you. He wants to give you peace and He wants to bring you into His Presence. But you must be still and sit as His feet. You must be willing to be honest and ready to listen. You must wait. A dear professor of mine once told me, “God is big enough. He can take it. He wants to take it.”
Take a few, maybe several, minutes and go before God. Offer your worries and fears honestly, all the while waiting for His peace to fall upon you. Our God is the everlasting God. The God of peace and comfort. He understands. He does not grow tired of listening to your heart and He will not withhold His peace from His child as you patiently wait and ask.
He knows. Trust Him.
“Bigger Than I Thought” by Passion
Watsontown Alliance Church