There are days when it feels like we take one step forward and slide two steps back. Reflecting on God during these times is especially helpful. It is when I am sliding back that the Lord is there to support me, to hold me up, and to keep me from falling.
Some might distrust how certain I can be in saying these words. Who is to say that I am not ‘whistling in the dark’? This expression refers to the idea that when you are alone in the dark and there is a fear factor, you might whistle to yourself to portray freedom from fear. When the fear is real, whistling is not going to help. Our biggest need is courage – the strength to face the fear and push through it; and to gain confidence as we push on.
Courage to fully trust in God comes about with vision. He knows me better than I know myself and I trust His judgement better than my own. When I trust in His presence, it is exactly like having a strong protector by my side. When I falter, my vision and knowledge of Him sustain me.
Life brings setbacks and difficulties. We cannot expect that life will always be easy, wonderful and kind. This week I have seen dear friends encounter setbacks and suffering. To avoid falling into discouragement myself, I paused to reflect on God. Psalm 118 came to mind: 13 I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.
I love it when scripture reflects the conditions that are on my heart! As I read through the entire Psalm 118, it is a song of exaltation and praise to God, and it reminds me that even in Old Testament times, there were people who knew to trust in God, because He IS the Person and Protector that sustains and keeps us safe, even if the world is not going so well. Praise His name!