‘Be strong and take heart’ psalm 31:24
Have you ever been in a absolutely rubbish situation?
(The answer should be yes, and if it isn’t…I don’t believe you)
When I’m stuck in a situation that feels hopeless, nothing seems to be working out how I wanted it to and disappointments and frustrations are nagging at me I remember God’s words ‘take heart’.
Anyone else ever think easier said than done?
If I’m honest with you there have been SO many times where I haven’t taken heart, instead I’ve let myself get overwhelmed and worked up. Suddenly something pretty small has grown into a major problem in my head and panic sets in.
This only fuels my despair; why haven’t I just’ taken heart’, said a prayer, gone about my day with a confidence in God that shines from my smiley, completely-at-peace-with-the-word face. Am I not trusting God properly? Not being the strong, emotionally secure Christian I long to be?
Taking heart doesn’t mean you can never feel overwhelmed
Right, here’s what I’m starting to grasp. YOU CAN FREAK OUT. You can wobble, cry, panic. Not for too long, just long enough to release some emotion. We’re not robots, regardless of what some people may say, crying is healthy. If you’ve had a bad week taking a moment to really feel all that pent up rubbish is valuable. They can sometimes be the moments where God is actually most at work in us because its in those moments where we allow ourselves to be weak that our desperation lets us reach out to God.
Taking heart doesn’t mean sorting everything out in your own strength
Often we put so much pressure on ourselves to have everything under control, be organised, eat vegetables, get enough fresh air, keep up with friends…generally adult well. The To-Do list can seem endless and there may be times when we feel tired and worn out but think we have to just ‘take heart’ and head out, put on a brave face and take on the world. But taking heart doesn’t mean being constantly on top of things. Not every day has to be pro-active, productive and full.
Taking heart is about doing things in His strength
I’ve realised that when my heart feels heavy I can feel a pressure to just be ok, but when God talks about ‘Taking heart’ He’s talking about trusting in Him, reminding yourself of His faithfulness and being convicted about His role in your life. It may feel like an order, to simply force yourself to be confident and brave but I promise the bravest thing you can do is to simply put your life into His hands and stop worrying about how you should act or behave in a difficult situation. It isn’t about being strong all the time but acknowledging your weakness and need of Him.
What do you guys think of the verse? Have you had to Take Heart recently?
Merry Christmas friends!
Cover photo: Cephas Azariah