God Sends Help Before You need It

There was a time in my life when I thought I would die from every bad situation I faced. I often told myself, in the midst of difficulty, that there was no way I was going to make it out so it was in my best interest to bend my back, let the situation sit on me until I could no longer breathe… until recently.

For those of you who may not be aware, my car was stolen three days after my PhD graduation. I am specific about the time it was stolen to help you understand how potentially crippling the situation could be. I was on a good high, celebrating the completion of a degree that had me questioning myself over and over and finally adding that ‘Dr’ title to my name. And right in the midst of all that, my car was stolen from a parking lot, and I was left wondering about ow I was going to get to work.

I told myself I could not live down the height of embarrassment that was about to follow me. I thought I could not survive the thought of going from a car-owning student to a bus-hailing PhD holder. I thought “Oh dear! The devil is about to have a field day at my expense. How was I going to tell people about how much God loves me, when I was unable to explain the fact that a car I had driven for six years without any event was stolen on the happiest week of my life?

Well, I did not die. I did not sink. I did not even bend. Surely, I was sad, but my sadness was often shortlived as I remembered the passage the holy spirit shared with me a month before my car was stolen.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not lack any good thing. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for God is with me. His rod and his staff, they comfort me. He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies. He anoints my head with oil, my cup runs over. Surely, the goodness and mercy of God will follow me, all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever and ever. Amen” – Psalm 23.

It did not seem like much when I woke up on the morning of my birthday and the Lord dropped this on my heart. It seemed like a little more when a pastor friend of mine called me that morning and started our conversation with this passage, but still not enough for me to think too deeply about it. Afterall, it was just psalm 23. I had heard it over and over. What else was there to it?

In retrospect, I realize this was a seed God was planting ahead to give me strength for the day of trouble. It was a covering God sent out a month ahead to prepare me for the days I could not live down the misfortune of losing my car. It was a reassurance of love before the event that would cause me to doubt his love. It was comfort before the tears, relief before the pain, reassurance before the doubt.

I don’t know what you might be facing at this point. Perhaps it feels like God has forgotten you exist and you feel hurt that he let certain things happen to you. Don’t lose hope. Don’t think he has forgotten you. Sit back and think back… He sent you a covering before the storm. And if you are struggling to locate it, I encourage you to remember that the Lord is YOUR shepherd. You shall NOT LACK any good thing!

God bless you! XOXO

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Take a Dose of Hope today!

I’d like to think everyone goes through a tough time and has those “where is my life heading?” moments when it seems like life has simply conspired to kick you while you are on the floor. I know I have them when an expectation is cut short or I feel stuck in the middle of Egypt and the red sea but for some reason, can’t seem to part the sea with my prayers and walk on dry ground. This is not because prayer doesn’t work but when I am on the brink of the despondency pit, I struggle very hard to pray!It seems like opening my mouth to even even say “Lord Jesus” is a waste of my time- That was me for a few years until two years ago, I found what I call the ‘Hope pill’.

 

No, it’s not a new fancy medication from the coastal islands nor is it some psychological practice I was taught by my friends when they worried about how thin and scrawny I had become from worrying. It’s a beautiful chapter in the bible that lifted my spirits the first day I read it and has never failed to do so since then.

 

Some people call Psalm 37 the trust manual…”trust in the Lord”, “Commit your ways to the Lord”. I smile at such people and wonder in my head “what came first? the chicken or the egg?” To me Psalm 37 is the description of God’s faithfulness! Can I trust God if I don’t know for sure that He defends the defenceless, He’s a father to orphans, a provider for those in hunger, a shining light to those wandering blindly in darkness? I trust God because He is faithful and psalm 37 makes this perfectly clear! 

“Once I was young and now I am old; I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.” (psalm 37:25). 

Am I the only one that feels like that statement just sums it all up?! God is ever faithful even when you are wallowing in your depression. Of course life is hard; I know I have taken a few knocks of disappointment and a few blows that kept me on the ground for longer than I though possible but since I read psalm 37, my life changed! Before I came across this bible passage, I used to wonder if a godly life was worth living; I mean I’ve been breaking my back for years and trying as much as possible to live right but for some reason, I don’t get everything I pray for, and mind you, the things I don’t often get are the things that are most important to me – a better paying job, a better car, more money at the end of my month and not the other way round… etc. I even compared myself to other people that seemed to have everything just fall into their laps and say “God, that’s so unfair. You know I need this more than she does; what am I doing wrong?” Well, no more! 

 

Psalm 37 has pointed it out to me very clearly that God is ever faithful; all I need to do is trust him, believe in him, love him and worship in his presence! After every part that says “trust in the Lord…” “Commit to the Lord…” the sentence that follows says “He WILL…” not “he might” or “We’ll see if he will consider.” It says for sure that He WILL give you your heart’s desires. Of course he won’t stop with you, He will bless your children too. Now that I look back, I smile at the many times God saved me from doom webs I spun with my own hands. These days, when something doesn’t work out the way I want or when I want, I close my eyes and say knowingly “He’s Able!” I even get Deitrick Haddon on my iPod to sing along with me. “God is able to do just what He says he’d do. He’s gonna fulfill every promise to you. DON’T GIVE UP on God ’cause He won’t give up on you. HE’S ABLE!” 

 

If you are on the brink of despondency, know that when God takes you to the edge of a cliff, only two things can happen- He will catch you if you fall or He will teach you how to fly! So don’t despair, take a dose of hope from psalm 37 everyday, as many times as you want to! God bless you!

 

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