Tell God your concerns
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. – Psalm 46:1
Have you ever been in a situation where you know you have something, but you cannot put your hands on it, just because you need it most?
Some years ago, a song “Jim Dandy” promised to be of help in times of difficulties. As did the song, “You’ve Got A Friend” whose lyrics went, “You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am I’ll come running, to see you again winter, spring, summer, or fall.” Or, how about our forebears for kind deeds would exclaim, “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”
There are too many people unnecessarily stressed out in our world today. They want to internalize all their mistakes and circumstances to the detriment of their wellness, spiritually, morally and socially. Why worry about what you have no control over. My first column for Along Life’s Road in 1997 was the story of a barking dog in my yard in 1997 – I was asleep and got up to see what was the reason for the barking. The two gates were locked and the dog forgot how he got in. After a while he got so tired he just stretched himself out on the lawn; about 20 seconds later, he jumped up and went to the lower part of the sloping wall. Here’s the thought – when you are stressed out – stretch out.
A recent testimony of how God comes to our rescue, no matter the situation tells of a woman who had lost her wedding ring while raking leaves. She called a friend to tell of her loss. The friend came over, held the hand of her friend and prayed. Looking at the heaps of leaves the friend walked from one to the next and stopped in front of one, she stooped down and felt in the middle. “How did you know where to look?” the woman asked. “I asked God and he told me where to look,” replied the friend. Thank you Lord, for their are many stories of how God is our help in time of trouble.
The Psalmist David begins this 46th division with the word “God.” Some people have as their refuge and strength, the obeah man, the psychic, drugs, alcohol and all vices that contravene the Ten Commandments. Some believe that their spouses are their all in all. They call their names for even the simplest thing they can do themselves. They ignore sickness and health and cling to fickle and mundane things.
God made the world and everything that is in the world including you and me. If you are in trouble, connect to God’s mighty and global website of prayer. There is no fee, it’s free.
God knows your hurts, your fears, your anxieties, your hopes and your aspirations, and your secrets. He is the God of the universe, our refuge, our hiding place, our strength, and our hills from whence comes our help. He knows that you do not want your marriage dissolved and the house sold for nothing and you get very little. He knows that the wicked have been having a field day and you wonder when it will end. In Psalm 37 he says, “Fret not, it is only for a season.”
He knows that your children have been most ungrateful and it’s breaking your heart. Do not just stand there and stare into space. Call on God through fervent and consistent prayers. The “heavenly optic cable” is capable of responding to all the calls of his children.
Stop worrying about the national state of affairs. Tell God your concerns and don’t harass him. When you want to talk to Jesus very simply put it, for he knows your need. You don’t have to use flowery words and phrases because he knows your needs and he cares for you.