Lamentations 3:19-27 I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, and the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times.
Sometimes you just feel like running away from all your problems and cares, but reading a scripture like that one from Lamentations can raise your spirits like a flag run up a flagpole! In chapter 15 of Luke Jesus tells the story of a young man that thinks that getting his inheritance early and making a run for it will be the best thing to beat the boredom of his present life on the farm! His fun dwindled along with his funds and he decided it would be better to be a servant in his dad’s house than to stay in the pigpen eating pig food! But when he got home he was greeted heartily by his father, who immediately ordered the grain fed heifer to be roasted and then put on a feast for him! He had clean clothes brought to him and the family signet ring was placed back on his hand! Jesus is showing us that no matter what we do or how far away we wander God is always waiting for us with open arms.
When you feel like you just can’t handle your problems by yourself any longer remember, 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care on Him because He cares for you.
Instead of running away, run into the safety of His arms. A song we used to sing says it well, “So let the storms rage high the dark clouds rise, they don’t worry me, for I’m sheltered safe within the arms of God, He walks with me and naught of earth can harm me, for I’m sheltered safe with-in the arms of God!”
If there is a storm in your life like the one that is raging outside right now, run don’t walk into the sheltering arms of God for whatever you need!