Listen, God, to my prayer; do not hide from my pleading… I rock with grief… My heart pounds within me; death’s terrors fall upon me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me; shuddering sweeps over me. I say, “if only I had wings like a dove that I might fly away and find rest. Far away I would flee; I would stay in the desert. I would soon find a shelter from the raging wind and storm”… Cast your care upon the Lord, who will give you support. He will never allow the righteous to stumble. Psalm 55:2, 3, 5-9, 23
How many times have you felt so anxious about obstacles in life – the future and finances, trials, lost, illness, marriage issues, or safety and well being of your children? You may be overwhelmed by grief of loss or an illness? Perhaps you are nervous about an upcoming event or promotion? May be you are afraid of conflict with your spouse or safety of your children? Whatever it may be, you may feel so overwhelmed that you just want to escape, escape from the storm that is whirling around you. May be you feel like God isn’t there, that He is hiding from your plea for help, to be saved from these wretched feelings. All you want to do is flee, flee to a desert place where there is no rain, where the storm cannot find you and your anxieties are buried beneath the desert sand.
When I feel this anxious that I cannot see past the storm that all I want to do is find shelter, to be removed from it, I feel like I have fallen away from God. In these moments I don’t look to God and “cast [my] care upon the Lord”. I tell Him that I have this on my own, I’ll take care of it, I’ll just run away from it and it won’t find me. I’m telling Him I don’t need Him to help me. But when I cry out to Him in prayer and look to Him for His support, I find peace knowing that He will take care of me that He will not let me stumble and fall. He will see me through the storm and He will be my shelter. He will save me from the wretchedness of what is troubling me.
If God will not allow us to stumble, then I ask myself and I ask you, why does it take us so long to trust God by calling upon Him in prayer and knowing that He will support us and not allow us to stumble?