Reading: Psalm 42
It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by problems relating to money, health, relationships, and vocation. When a couple of these worries pair up, which they often do, then our lives can be quite challenging. Our habit tends to be to dwell on such things, to allow them to consume our lives. The cloudiness that settles in can even affect our relationship with God.
Sometimes we become so centered on our problems that we forget God is available as a source of strength and relief. Our troubles can consume us. When we finally are reminded of His presence we wonder why we did not turn to Him sooner. At other times we are like the psalmist. We seek God but end up asking, “Where is God”? Despite our efforts, God feels distant. The cloudiness can be hard to shake.
In these cases, we need to practice the motions of faith that we know so well. First, we need to pray. We need to pray out to God even if we feel all alone. God is near and He is listening. If we pray faithfully, He will be present. Second, we need to praise God. If we are too downcast to find any current praises, turn back to times and ways in which God has blessed you before. Also, we can be thankful for the littlest things. Song is another way to pray and to praise God.
In both of these ways we will reconnect to our God, our help and our rock. In prayer and praise we invite God’s presence to be real to us and to also offer ourselves back to Him. May we place our hope in God, for He is ever faithful and His love never fails.