â€œCast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for youâ€
(I Peter 5:7).
Michael Guido in his â€œSeeds from the Sower,â€ tells the following story:
It was one of those days that every mother tries to avoid.Â First, the washing machine stopped in the middle of the spin cycle.Â Then she discovered that the toaster was not working.Â When she opened the door to the refrigerator, she discovered that it had been on defrost all night.Â The last straw was a raging migraine headache.
She reached down, picked up her small son, placed him on her lap, held him tightly and began to weep softly as the tears ran down her cheeks.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Without saying a word, Ronnie took the pacifier out of his mouth and placed it in hers.
Â Some days just seem to unravel.Â We awaken to a shining sun only to have dark clouds appear from nowhere and cover it up.Â What we thought would be a day of joy suddenly turned into a night of despair.Â Bad days come into each of our lives and we end up feeling alone and abandoned, overwhelmed and oppressed.
Â Have you ever had days like that?Â You begin the day intending to be victorious but end in defeat. When they do not develop as we would like, or we encounter an unexpected turnaround, we can be grateful for the grace and peace of God.Â He is with us in the midst of our most draining and demanding experiences. Â Â Even though God seems far away, we are assured of His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
In his blog (6-18-09), Roy Lessin wrote these encouraging words:
In the dark places Jesus is your light;
In the uncertain places He is your assurance;
In the stressful places He is your peace;
In the painful places He is your comfort;
In the hurting places He is your healer;
In the lonely places, He is your companion and friend.Â Â
When God is in control, we have nothing to fear.Â Â â€œCast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain youâ€ (Psalm 55:22).Â
Be still, My child, and know that I am God!
Wait thou patientlyâ€”I know the path you trod.
So falter not, nor fear, nor think to run and hide,
For I, thy hope and strength, am waiting by thy side.â€”Hein