When we go through stuff, we might see a bad scene that may trigger feelings inside, or when we are faced with life’s challenges we may feel overwhelmed. We may be thinking about where we are going to get the money to repair the vehicle, which we just do not have the money for, or we went to a call where someone died, who looks like a family member or dear friend. Yeah, I know that these are different types of crises, but where do you go?
In emergency services, the expression that you hear a lot is “I got your back.” In law enforcement and the military, the phrase is “I got your 6.” But who can you truly count on to have your back? Yes, the crisis team is there for you and the chaplain is there for you. A brother or two may be close. But when the stuff hits the fan and you are alone, who do you have? I was recently reminded of a verse from Isaiah 58:8 that reads “the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” It reminded me that God has our back.
There are so many times where we may want to throw in the towel, the sticky towel from how we made a mess of things that we may not know how to get out of the problem. We need to remember that we can talk to God about the situation, which is called prayer. We know that we can let Him handle it but we cannot just sit there and expect everything to fall into our laps. We need to put forth the efforts. He will guide our actions.
A long time ago a woman was having financial challenges. Elisha came and asked how he could help after the woman explained that she had no money and the creditors were coming after her. Elisha told her to get jars from all the neighbors. She did and she started to pour out from a jar of olive oil that she had. The jars got full and her little jar kept pouring. She filled up so many that she was able to sell all the oil and pay off all her debts.
Maybe there are times that you don’t have two nickels to rub together, but you are able to eat. Maybe someone came by and gave you some money, or helped you with the situation that you would never have been able to foresee. That is God taking care of you.
Even when the apostles were in the boat and the storm was all around them, God looked after them.
He fed the Jews in the desert, where he gave them the manna (bread) each day for what they needed. In the Lord’s Prayer it states, gives us this day our daily bread. He had their backs.
How many times did you have close calls? Do you think that it was just luck?
Isaiah 43:2 states “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” How is that for back up? I can’t think of a better partner to be with. God does see what is going on, He is there with you.
When you are going through hard times, financially, physically, mentally, whatever, lean on him a little more. He has broad shoulders. He can take your burdens also.
I found that out long ago. I could have died. I should have died. But He had my back and decided that it was not the time for me yet. I learned that if I can trust Him to keep me from dying, why can’t I trust Him with the rest of my load.
Until we meet again, may He hold you in the hollow of His hand.