Sometimes it’s all just too much. One thing stacks on another. You feel like you can’t take one more thing. But here it comes anyway.
All of a sudden, your senses seem to halt. You can’t hear. And you can’t speak either.
The stress has gotten to the point where you’re just completely overwhelmed. Even if it’s just momentary, it feels like the whole world is arrayed against you.
And in your heart? Perhaps it’s anger. Maybe it’s grief. Or worry. And it could just be a deep, deep hurt. Whatever it is, it feels crushing.
And yet, somewhere deep down inside, underneath layers and layers of all that dark, heavy emotion, there still lies just a tiny glimmer. A single itsy, bitsy beam of light — for your soul.
That little beam? It’s hope. The world may be caving in on top of you, but somehow all is not yet lost.
Because God is real. He does know you. And you matter to him.
After all, he gave you his one and only Son’s life to rescue you from sin and eternal death — from darkness that lasts forever.
King David knew that darkness. He also knew that beam of hope… and he knew that God hears and answers prayer.
“I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak; I have become like one who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply. Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God” (Psalm 38:13-15, NIV).
Lord, you are real. You know me, and I matter to you because in Christ, I’m your child. I am burdened and weighed down. Please hear my prayers and answer them.
Our Bible reading for Monday, March 30, is Numbers 27:12 – 29:11, Luke 8:1-18 and Psalm 38:13-22.
Header image based on "hope" by Forest Wander, CC By-SA 2.0