Recently as I was putting away the groceries I had bought for the week-end Sunday lunch gang I leaned my head against the cool wall of the pantry and said “Lord help me, give me strength”, my head snapped up as I heard that familiar voice in my heart saying “Are you on the edge of a break-down or a break-through?” I said, “Lord is that Your Word to me? Is it for someone else? Am I supposed to write about it?” Of course I already knew He was speaking to me because I was the one asking! But I know that anything He speaks to us is for anyone that might need it so I am sharing it with you!
We live in a super fast microwave world where everyone wants everything instantly! We multi-task and try to get all the things required of us done in a day but like some people run out of money before they run out of month, I generally run out of day before I run out of my work load. This causes stress and that leads to a system that is run down and leaves us vulnerable to sickness, which then causes other problems, it’s like Dominoes falling one on top of the other! So what do we do? The Psalmist said, 34:6 “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Psalm 38:8 “I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart.”
David wanted to give up, but he had already written an assurance in 34:18 “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” We know from reading that promise that if our heart is broken God is near to us and if we are sorry and take responsibility for our sin, He saves us!
Sometimes when we are having problems we tend to pull into ourselves and shut out those that might be able to help us, the One we should never shut out is God, He knows it all. There is a song I listened to today I want to share with you, (thanks for Bill and Renee Morris for teaching it to us) it’s called “So I wouldn’t let go” “I almost let go. I felt like I just couldn’t take life anymore. My problems had me bound Depression weighed me down, But God held me close, so I wouldn’t let go. God’s mercy kept me, so I wouldn’t let go. I almost gave up. I was right at the edge of a breakthrough but couldn’t see it, the devil really had me; but Jesus came and grabbed me, and He held me close, So I wouldn’t let go. God’s mercy kept me, so I wouldn’t let go. So I’m here today because God kept me. I’m alive today, only because of His grace. Oh, He kept me, God kept me, He kept me, So I wouldn’t let go.” Psalm 3:3-4 But you, GOD, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, you lift my head high; With all my might I shout up to GOD, His answers thunder from the holy mountain. KJV says, “You are the lifter of my head!”
Yes, he propped up my leaning side by lifting my head! Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn’t. So we need to pray, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.
As a woman who has given birth twice “au naturale”, the worst pains, the ones that make you think you will die if they don’t stop, come right before the baby is born, suddenly the pain is gone and you are filled with love and joy and not thinking about or remembering the pain! I know it is cliché but it is true, the darkest hour comes just before the dawn, then all the darkness is dispelled! You might be right on the edge of your own breakthrough, don’t give up; don’t give in, definitely a break-through not a break-down! Beware Satan; this is a No Quitter Zone here!