I am sorry that I failed to send out the devotion yesterday, with Debbie Gruber's funeral my time escaped me. But today's reading is a comfort for all who mourn or are struggling in some way today!
"Their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end. Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!" -Psalm 107:26-31
I'm sure there are those of us today who feel like they are at their wits' end! Those who have lost loved ones in the past know that you are never completely whole again... even when the sharp grief passes. But God does promise to bring them out of their distresses- He does bring us through to the other side of intense grief- in time. And if you are one who is grieving today- know that God is with you in this storm. And that as the days and weeks and months go by, He will guide you to a new place, where you can rest. As we walk with the Gruber family in this time of sorrow- continue to lift them up in prayer, and in tangible ways. And thank God for His goodness to us- He never stops being good, even in awful times.
But perhaps your life is going well- read on with me in verse 43: "Whoever is wise will observe these things, and they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord." Ps 107:43 Observe these things- look at the circumstances around you- take it all in- and discover the pieces of lovingkindness all around you. And if you can't see any... perhaps you are the one God wants to use today to bring His lovingkindness to earth in a tangible way!
If your soul is melting because of trouble- take time today to bring all the broken pieces of your soul into the healing presence of Jesus. Sit there with Him and allow Him to touch those hurting places. And while it won't get better overnight- His presence will slowly transform your heart if you let Him. And all of us can spend some time today giving thanks to the Lord for His goodness.
Waiting out the storm,