Psalm 56:8 “You have seen me tossing and turning through the night. You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book.” (TLB)
This was one of my favorite verses growing up, but one I often
forget to remember the truth of. Growing through my teenage years is when I first discovered it and began to really understand how much God actually cares about me and what’s going on with me. There are many times that I’ve come to truly understand and take comfort in this truth. Some of those times include losing some very good friends in junior high, times that I was crying, heartbroken trying to understand and come to grips with the absence of my biological father from an early age, making huge mistakes in my life, and having my life turned upside down and moving with my husband and two young kids into the basement of another family’s home while we restarted. In these times (and many others!), He hadn’t left me or forgotten. In fact, He cared about each detail and all the small ones in between. I love and adore my children and comfort them when they cry. In a much exemplified manner, He does the same. He knows, He cares, He remembers, and He collects my tears and walks with me through each trial, even when I don’t see it. One of my favorite songs is “Praise You in the Storm” by Casting Crowns. It starts with these words:
I was sure by now God; you would have reached down and wiped our tears away stepped in and saved the day. But once again, I say amen and it’s still raining.
So many times I’ve felt this way,
waiting for this super hero moment and almost angry that everything didn’t happen the way I thought it should. Through those times, I’ve learned to trust. Trust that in these times He still knows, cares, and has me in His hand. We sometimes think there’s a secret answer or piece we’re missing to get this magical outcome. In those times, trust that He knows the number of hairs on your head and has collected your tears, seemingly unimportant, yet significant to Him. If He does that, how much more will He take care of you during your time of need? It may not come out as you dream or in the time frame you want, but it will come through and He will be with you the entire time.
We Pray Together:
God, thank You that You are trustworthy. I choose to trust You and pray that You remind and teach me to trust constantly. Thank You that You will bear the weight of my worries and give me Your peace instead. I choose to praise You in the storm, no matter how long, short, or intense it is. Thank You for keeping me safe in Your arms and care!
Read the entire chapter of Psalm 56.
Identify what you are worrying or stressing about. Remember that your worry and stress won’t fix anything. Choose to trust Him and say it out loud, multiple times a day, if necessary. Allow the weight of the worry to be on Him and take His peace instead. Share with someone the exchange of worry for peace that you just made. Write yourself a note and place it where you will see, remember, and choose to trust Him with your situations daily, hourly, constantly.