When we are anxious, exhausted, overwhelmed and beatdown, we may want to quit. We are done. Like a piece of toast left in the toaster way too long, we are done done (yes – not just one done, but double done). We don’t understand why. We don’t really even care why at this point. We are just over it. And we are done. It’s during these times that I want to crawl back into bed, pull the covers over tight, and hide – daring anyone to come and take the covers. Some days, that might be what we do. Although this is my desire, I have never been able to convince myself to stick with it. But it doesn’t change the fact we may be just done done.
What do we do in this case? Hiding only lasts for a while – I don’t know about you, but I get hungry easily and being done doesn’t mean I don’t want food. I still want to eat. When we can’t hide and we don’t know what to do, this Psalm reminds me I am not alone in this. It tells me about a time when God’s people were in deep distress and they cried out to him. He didn’t ignore them, even though they weren’t always the most obedient or faithful. He didn’t dismiss their cries as foolish or petty. He heard them. And he rescued. He brought calm. He brought peace. They needed quiet. They needed a haven. God knew this. And this is what he provided for them. It doesn’t mean they camp out there. It simply means that for a time, God knew this is exactly what they needed.
I believe he knows exactly what we need too. He hears our cries in our distress and he rescues. It might be a period of quiet and calm. It might be a place to simply know we are safe. But he provides when we cry out to him.
If you feel done done – call upon God. He hears, he cares and he provides. May you find exactly what you need in God.
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out from their distress;
29 he made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad because they had quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
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