Monday, August 27, 2012

God Doesn't Get Stressed Out!

He will not let you fall;
    your protector is always awake.

The protector of Israel
    never dozes or sleeps.
~Psalm 121:3-4, GNT~

Have you ever had one of those times when you are studying God's word and a spiritual revelation washes over you like it never has before?  It's not that the truth wasn't always there to begin with, but a new, and often simple anchor to your faith is suddenly uncovered.  That is the sort of experience I had in my devotional time this morning.

I was studying both Psalm 63 and Psalm 65.  In these passages, I read of the Lord's might, power, and awesome glory.  It took my breath away as I contemplated His amazing ability to create, to forgive, to care for His good earth, to satisfy hearts, and to protect His creation.  When I got to the verbal picture in Psalm 63, verse 7 of rejoicing in the protective "shadow of your wings" like a little chick in its mothers protection, and in verse 8 being upheld as I cling to Him, the thought suddenly jumped alive for me.  God does this sort of thing for every single one of us who take our shelter in Him, and He never gets stressed out!

When the bad things of life pursue us, our Maker is there to shelter us and lift us up.  Danger may be near, but we can sing in His safety.  He holds us in a place of honor.  And He doesn't just do it collectively.  When my heart is racing because I've just received bad news about a diagnosis, and you are feeling defeated 15 minutes later because of  being unable to get your child with self-regulation issues to sleep again, and another mom is fretting 2 minutes later because she doesn't know where the money will come from to pay the huge medical bills, God is calmly there.  Our gracious Creator doesn't have to rush from person to person, quickly giving His loved ones a pat on the back and an encouragement to carry on, so He can quickly scramble to the next human in need of help.  His glory and love are so all-encompassing that He is fully there for each and every one of us, with more than we could ever want or need.  His comfort, compassion, tenderness and protection are so great, that our human versions are only a small, cheap imitation.  Isn't that incredible?

Naturally, when I "marinated"  a bit on this revelation of another small part of who Yahweh is, I could only find myself to be completely foolish.  If the Lord never stresses out, why should I?  And yet, too often, I do.  Everything I go through is "Father filtered," so why should I be afraid?  If I am standing in the middle of His will, running into His arms, or in the shadow of His wings, He's got things handled for me.  And if He doesn't stress out about it, neither should I.  There is nothing that I can go through that God can't handle.  He loves me infinitely.  All I need do is rest and trust.

PRAY:  Oh, God, how foolish I am!  So often I worry about these extra challenges our family faces.  Forgive me for failing to realize that You already have it handled.  If You don't get stressed out, then neither should I.

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