Distress to De-Stress

6 But in my
distress I cried out to the Lord;

yes, I prayed to my God for help.

He heard me from his sanctuary;

my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm
18:6

 

5 In my distress I
prayed to the Lord,

and the Lord
answered me and set me free.

6 The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.

What can mere people do to me?

7 Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me. Psalm
118.5

 

11 For the glory of
your name, O Lord, preserve my
life.

Because of your faithfulness, bring me
out of this distress.

12 In your
unfailing love, silence all my enemies

and destroy all my foes,

for I am your servant. Psalm 143:11

 

These
three scriptures detail for us what to do when we find ourselves in distress
(troubling or painful situations, dealing with extreme anxiety or pain).  This week I found myself feeling quite
distressed over situations that only our God can control.  The feelings of mourning and grief were trying
to overwhelm me. Continuing bad doctor’s reports for godly friends,
relationships fraying and my own grief and mourning overwhelmed me. By God’s
grace my daily Bible reading led me to:  Psalm 25:16

Turn to me and have mercy,

for I am alone and in deep distress.

 

As
I obeyed the instructions here in this verse, my faith began to rise and really
LOOK at my Savior once again.  I pictured
myself at the foot of the cross crying out to Him like the blind beggar, ““Jesus,
Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 When Jesus heard him, he
stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus
asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?”

“Lord,”
he said, “I want to see!”

42 And Jesus said,
“All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” 43 Instantly
the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it
praised God, too.

 

I felt the Holy Spirit asking me “what
do you want me to do for you?”, and I said, I too want to see.  I want to see how you see, I want to respond
how you respond, and I want myself and my family to have their souls restored
from this residual grief and mourning.

Peace began to descend and my
distress was de-stressed by His Presence. 
The distress tried to return at times, but in His grace He helped me
call a friend who listened and shared Godly insight and grace.  Friends, we do not have to live in the state
of distress.  Each one of the beginning
scriptures we see people crying out to the Lord in the middle of their
distress. He is the one to turn to in times of trouble. We could run to the
spa, the glass of wine, the TV or internet, but those are only temporary. I
have lived long enough and walked with Him long enough that I know only He has
the answers.  Sometimes we have to walk
through periods of distress to learn how to appropriate His peace, joy and
grace for these seasons.  Life happens to
all of us.  Because of sin in the world,
some of it is hard.  Be of good cheer,
Jesus declares, for I have overcome the world. 
We are all learners in how to walk in His victory that He has won.  Some of us are slow learners, others are
fast.  He is a good teacher for each one
of us.

 

Father, I ask that you help my
friends learn how to call out to you quickly when they find themselves in distress.  That they would learn your lessons well, and
that you would help them find people who they can turn to for help that are
safe, godly and full of faith.