There are days where the immediate problems and worries of life weigh so heavily that you feel crushed under the pressure. These are the days where fasting comes naturally. The body has no appetite. The knees are weak and collapse in prayer throughout the day. The pressure is so great. The fear grips the chest like a vise.
I wonder if these are the days that God is forming the diamond in us. He sees so much more than we are able.
Surrendering doesn’t mean resting, idle, stagnant. It is one of the hardest things anybody ever does. It is a deliberate, active, physically exhausting act that takes every ounce of energy in the body and soul to let go. It is why so many do not surrender to Him until they have lost everything they hold on to so tightly. If we force ourselves to let go before the moment of losing everything, He can work in so many miraculous ways.
These are the days that we must not succumb to the lie. These are the days that we must not isolate ourselves. These are the days when we must physically attempt to peel our hands from the things we hold on to so tightly, the things that we think life will not go on without, our security. These are the days that we must cry out from the depth of our soul…
God, my God, where have you gone? Why are you so far off?
Day by day I cry out to you,
Night by night and still I hear nothing
You are enthroned as the holy one
The praise of our fathers, the hope of our sons
You have been known, Lord, to rescue us.
So why are you so far off?
Lord be my strength, Lord be my song.
Lord be my shelter. Be not far off.
Today i prayed for those in the final stages of the race, those who are crushed and do not think they can take it one more day. Today i pray that You would give them strength to get thru the next minute, the next hour, the next day. Today i pray that You, the God of the Universe – the Maker of Everything – the God who Loves, would surround each one with Your unfailing, unmatchable peace, love, comfort. Today i pray You would bring along those who will help hold the burden for a minute more, that you would give security in an insecure world and safety and protection.
This world has no hope without the One who gave it life and we cannot go on without the One who sustains us each day. So today i prayed for hope in the midst of defeat…