As I headed home for lunch one day this week, just as I was heading downhill and into a curve I spied a big truck racing my way. He was carrying one of those prefab storage buildings. It was hanging way out on both sides and the truck was barreling my way at least halfway over into my lane. There were no “wide load” signs or escort vehicles. I thought to myself quickly, “which ditch do I take?” I knew I didn’t want to hit him. It was hard not to stare at the oncoming truck but staring at it would only make me paralyzed in the road. I thought again and breathed a prayer to God. I’d rather take my chances going off the road. Not a great thought during lunch. It roared by and I was thankful I only had to go over onto the shoulder.
Often I have found myself face to face with a wide load – of pain, rejection, fear, worry. What’s if’s came flying into my lane. I sought for help, rescue, solace – in friends, family or things. But God in His mercy kept directing my thoughts until I knew that with God no load is too great to give to Him. Staring at the disaster, replaying it, rolling it over and over in my mind made it bigger and bigger and caused me to feel weaker and more fearful. So I gave a shout out to God Himself and heard Him say, “Oh beloved, I’ve got this” and He showed His great and marvelous power on my behalf!
Oh beloved, God has done it for me and He will do this for you. He will take your near head on disasters and make them into magnificent posters of His love and care. He is the guardian of all – ALL – who trust in Him. He controls the traffic – all the things that want to come against you. He controls the weather – all the things that want to flood your life and blow you off the road. He is Lord of the circumstances and just as He turned the water into wine He will turn your troubles into blessings. All He asks is that you invite Him into every situation, every trial, every experience. You see, beloved, when God enters the scene everything changes. He promises to give you strength when you do not know what to do, energy when you don’t want to go on, joy when you’re panicked and faith when you only see disaster.
God loves you. Let this fact settle down into your heart and mind. Don’t look at the disaster, but look to Him. And God is for you. So look again at the situation and remember that you don’t have to go through it alone nor do you have to give in to that disaster. He’s on the scene with you, guiding, directing and He will see you through all the way to heaven. Rejoice and seek His Word and then live in the miracle of His glory and grace.
Psalm 120:1 I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and He answered my prayer.
Psalm 118:5 From my distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place.
Psalm 138:3 On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.
Psalm 121:2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
2 Samuel 22:20 He led me to a place of safety; He rescued me because He delights in me.