It’s a new week, and I know not what it holds for you. I don’t really know exactly what it holds for me beyond what is staring at me on my planner.
But I do know that it has the potential to be filled with ups and downs, good days and bad, laughing or even crying, sickness or health.
And I feel this sense that all of us might need some hope as we move ahead with another week, because it’s so easy to feel smothered by the work we have, smothered by our inadequacies, smothered by unmet expectations, smothered by relationship problems.
Behind closed doors each of us is carrying a weight that is invisible, but present. There’s something resting on each of our shoulders that has the potential to shove us to the ground, lay us low, keep us from seeing the sun beyond the clouds.
But I know this, that whatever can shove us to the ground can also shove us to our knees in prayer. Whatever can cloud our eyes with the gray of doubt and despair can also open our eyes to see God in the midst. Whatever can press in on our shoulders can be lifted by Him who carries the weight of this whole world on His very own shoulders.
I know this….
“Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast. How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.”
May we look beyond the clouds and see His faithfulness, know His lovingkindness, and believe it to be true.
May we hide our hearts under the shadow of His wings and believe that it is well hidden there, believing that He is the best caretaker of our heart and He will cover it and protect it diligently.
When we are tempted to seek satisfaction in our earthly possessions or circumstances or relationships, and when it disappoints us again and again, may we instead be satisfied with the fullness of His house and His pleasures.
When darkness rushes in may we see His light instead, even if it is ever so dimly. And may we cling to it.
May we believe what is true and reject all that is false.
May we receive His goodness, the way He deems best, and may we trust in His ways and not our own.
May our week be anchored by a complete resting upon Him, no matter what the details within hold for us.
May we remember that He is our rock and that nothing can shake us, He will preserve us.