( ‘Her First Born’ by Robert Reid, Brooklyn Museum)
Why So Downcast, O My Soul?
I found myself terribly downcast yesterday as I was peeling potatoes. I was alone. Everyone was busy with Saturday’s work and out of the house. I still had to make lunch, dinner, and a meal for our church fellowship Sunday and also get specific yard work done all before 8PM. Plainly, I was feeling sorry for myself.
What had started the tears was that the potatoes were green and needed peeling! To top it off, the deer had been eating on the fruit trees we just pruned, and I was worried about my daughter driving home from visiting my Mum in assisted care.
Then I started thinking about losing the twin of our oldest son 21 years ago! That was the last straw…the tears just flowed. It seemed so hard to wait until I could be home with the Lord and see this precious one and our other ‘suddenly taken’ babes.
BUT, I heard from the LORD there at the sink! These amazing words from Psalm 40: 3 came to me as clearly as if whispered in my ear: “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.” They were set to music in my head. I used to rock and sing these words in song to our babies and my husband every night at bedtime. Oh, thank you, Lord for your precious living Word!
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” ~ Psalm 119: 11
It was as if my eyes were re-opened. I looked down at the green, partially-peeled potato and thanked the LORD for the potato peeler. I praised Him for the potatoes and for a meal to serve my family. I cried some more, now tears of joy! I thanked Him for clean water, hands, gardens, a husband faithfully at home already working on his projects, and trees that might someday bear fruit.
I even had the presence of mind to take a photo of that green potato that started all the commotion. Really, it wasn’t the potato at all, but a heart burdened with the worries of today and a lack of faith. As Jesus said to the disciples the storm-tossed boat, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”
Whether it is hormonal, being over-tired, the little things piling up, or a lack of faith that our sovereign Lord can see us through real trials, we must choose to put out trust in Jesus Christ.
That’s the secret to life: to trust God alone.
When you know that promise way down deep in our hearts, it pushes away fear and worry. It’s His sweet voice saying, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob…the Lord, who remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.”
~Psalm 146: 5-9
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