2 Corinthians 4:8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. NKJV
Looking out of my window recently after an ice storm passed, the branches of evergreens in the back garden were clearly distressed. They hung low under the weight of ice and snow. Not even the bird feeder escaped the icy coating. The birdhouse no longer visible was hidden by the heavily laden branches. It appeared to the eye there was no shelter, no nourishment, no escape from the discomfort of the wintry blast.
Stress enters everyone’s life. We instantly feel bowed down; burdened and unable to function. There seems to be no way of escape.
Under duress we can choose to trust in God. Faith and hope in Him can help us bounce back from our personal dilemmas, but only if we fully rely on the spiritual guidance that He provides.
Leaning on God and not mankind, we can find shelter from the storms of life; life-giving strength and determination to survive. Endure. Overcome. The shackles and grip of worry can be broken if we choose wisely, just as nature’s icy imprisonment will disappear with the warmth of the sun.
Trust in the Lord, I say, trust in the Lord always.
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice. NKJV
Prayer: Lord help us to persevere and lean on You for all our needs. It is not easy to do, so help us to trust and hope as we await Your guidance. Amen.