Psalm 18:6 “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my god for help. From his temple he heard my voice.”
Psalm 31:9 “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; My eye wastes away with grief, Yes, my soul and my body! For my life is spent with grief, and my years with signing;
The December following my daughter Danielle’s death in 2010, I visited my mom in South Carolina. I was washing up in her bathroom. I looked into the mirror and saw my face. It was an ugly reminder of the effect that too much grief, crying and sorrow can have on you physical body, particularly your face and under your eyes.
Everything looked dark and there were lines under my eyes. I was a little embarrassed and ashamed that I had let myself get that way I had conditioned myself or so I had thought, as an intercessor to keep the faith and have a positive outlook on life, both good and the bad that happens. I knew of the hope we have in Christ after we make our transition from earth to glory. The Bible says the life we will experience in heaven with Christ is not to be compared to our former life here on earth. The fact was, I had a problem and I was not casting all my cares on Him, so that He would give me the grace to make it through that awful experience. But what happens when death and destruction comes knocking at your door for round two?
Several days after a devastating earthquake in the San Francisco area, a young boy was seen rocking and swaying on the school playground. His principal asked him if he was okay. And the boy nodded yes and said, “ I am moving like the earth, so if there is another earthquake I won’t feel it. “ He wanted to prepare himself for another shaking of the ground.
Sometimes after a trauma, we brace ourselves for what might be coming next. We become fearful. If we’ve had a phone call that brought bad news, every time the phone rings we feel panicky and wonder, What has happened now?
In my case, the ground was already shaking. My first born had made her transition to be with the Lord. Tom and I had not recovered from such a devastating loss. Needless to say, that when he took ill suddenly almost a year to the date of her passing, another significant blow would shake me and rock my world. My husband passed a year to the date that my daughter died. I was in a trance, completely numb. I was heartbroken. I felt like I was in a recurring nightmare, similar to the movie, “Groundhog Day.” I was numb and had little feeling about anything. My mind was so confused that at the writing this book, there were many things I could not remember taking place hours immediately after Tom’s passing. The ground underneath me was shaking. I felt like that little boy I describe in that swing.
The ground was shaking” for the psalmist David after King Saul tried to kill him (1 Samuel 19:10. He ran and hid. He thought death was next and told his friend Johnathan, “There is only a step between me and death.” (20:2). He wrote, “The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me” (Psalm 18:4).
David cried to the Lord in his distress (v.6) and found that He was a stabilizer; one he could trust would always be with him. He said, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliver; my God is a rock in whom I take refuge, my stronghold” (v. 2).
Whenever I share my testimony with others, they can’t believe the peace that God has given me, because I literally wear it on my “FACE.” It is His Peace!! Notice the metaphors David uses to describe his troubles: “The cords of death entangled me” and the “torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.”
Now tell me, HAVE YOU EVER BEEN THERE?
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